MONTREAL (AP) -- Tomo Ohka finally got a little offensive
support, and he made sure it was enough to win.
Ohka and Rocky Biddle combined on a three-hitter, and Jose Vidro
homered and drove in two runs in leading the Montreal Expos over
the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Saturday night for their season-high
third straight win.
Ohka (1-5), who received just one unearned run of support while
losing his first five starts this season, held the Cardinals to
three hits in eight innings.
"He did an outstanding job out there tonight," Expos manager
Frank Robinson said. "He had a very good fastball and a very good
breaking ball, and he just kept the hitters off balance all night
long. I couldn't ask for anything better than what he gave me
Biddle pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in as many
opportunities to complete Montreal's third shutout of the season.
Vidro hit an RBI double off Jason Marquis (1-3) in the third to
give Montreal a 1-0 lead.
Montreal's second baseman added his fourth homer in the fifth, a
drive just over the wall in the left-field corner on a 3-2 pitch.
"It was a pitch that was up and away," Marquis said.
"Obviously it was a pitch he could drive. I didn't think he would
get that good wood on it. It was a mistake pitch and they
capitalized on it."
The Expos have won five of six after losing 20 of their first 25
games. Despite the win, Montreal is still off to a franchise-worst
10-21 start, matching the 1999 team.
"The main thing is I helped my team get a win out there and
Ohka did an unbelievable job," Vidro said. "He was really on top
of his game and I came up with two key hits. We've won two series
in a row. It's going to take time but hopefully this is our moment.
It was a good win tonight."
St. Louis fell to 9-5 on the road, including 2-3 on its current
"We just need to come back (Sunday) and try to win a game,"
Pujols said. "Any time you face those guys and they shut you down
for six or seven innings, you need to give credit. With our lineup
we know that we can hit."
Rookie Terrmel Sledge went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak
to 10 games. He's hitting .533 (16-for-30) during the streak, and
has raised his average to .266 since beginning the season -- and his
career -- with one hit in his first 34 at-bats (.030).
Marquis, who hasn't won in four starts since April 17, allowed
seven hits and two runs in seven innings to drop his second
Cardinals SS Edgar Renteria didn't play Saturday. He left
Friday's 4-2 loss in the sixth inning because of back spasms, and
is day to day. ... Former Expos OF Warren Cromartie was given a
warm ovation from the crowd of 5,611 when he was shown on the video
scoreboard. The Expos are giving away 5,000 Cromartie bobblehead
dolls -- featuring his familiar gap-toothed smile -- as a promotion
for Sunday's game. ... Vidro sounded pessimistic about the state of
negotiations with the team on a long-term contract. "I don't want
this to be a very big distraction for the team or myself but I
think I deserve respect, and right now I think I'm not getting
it," Vidro said. He added that they are "very close" in terms of
money, "but somebody doesn't want to pay, and you guys are going
to be very surprised when you find out how close we were." Expos
president Tony Tavares would not comment on the negotiations.