It would only be fair after Vargas bailed him out of a
bases-loaded jam to help Hill get his first major league win.
Hill (1-1) pitched five strong innings to lead the Montreal
Expos to a 6-4 win Sunday over the Toronto Blue Jays in his second
big league start.
He struck out six and allowed one run on six hits in five-plus
innings, but was relieved by Vargas in the sixth after loading the
bases on a double by Frank Menechino, a walk to Orlando Hudson and
a single by Reed Johnson.
"He got me out of that," Hill said. "I might owe him. The
whole team might owe him something for that."
Hill said he tired after retiring 10 of the first 12 batters he
"I still wasn't overly happy on how I threw altogether, but I
was happy," he said.
Cordero allowed RBI singles to Dave Berg and pinch-hitter Gregg
Zaun, and walked Hudson with the bases loaded in the ninth, which
began after a 24-minute rain delay and was played under a constant
"Feels pretty good," Horgan said. "The only problem I had was
keeping my hand dry."
The Expos broke open the game in the sixth on Orlando Cabrera's
RBI single and Batista's two-run double.
"We're starting to pick it up a little, and Batista seems to be
in the middle of it quite often lately," manager Frank Robinson
Toronto tied it in the fifth on Berg's sacrifice fly, but the
Expos regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Cabrera
reached first on a fielding error by third baseman Hinske and later
scored on Everett's single.
Wilkerson doubled against Ted Lilly (7-5) in the third, scoring
on Vidro's RBI single. Lilly pitched five innings giving up three
runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and striking out seven.
"This is a tough place to hit," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca
said. "In the sixth we had bases loaded with no outs, but we
couldn't get the ball out of the infield and then we gave up the
Hinske struck out in his third at-bat, ending his streak of
consecutive hits at six. ... There were two rain delays, a
six-minute delay in the bottom of the fourth and the 24-minute
delay in the top of the ninth after Cordero had thrown one pitch to
Hinske. ... Montreal C Einar Diaz caught two runners trying to
steal second -- Hudson in the first, and Hinske in the second. ...
The attendance was 8,279, the third straight game in which
attendance has been below 9,000 in the 19,000 capacity Hiram
Bithorn Stadium. ... Toronto CF Johnson made a spectacular diving
catch on a liner by Diaz in the seventh.