MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Expos knew it was just a matter of
time before Vladimir Guerrero hit a home run.
Guerrero hit his first homer of the season and added an RBI
double, and Britt Reames pitched six strong innings to lead the
Montreal Expos to an 8-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on
"That was huge for him," Reames said. "We were just
Guerrero, who has 124 homers in the last three seasons,
connected off Matt Clement (1-1) in the fifth in his 36th at-bat of
"He's going to end up hitting whatever he hits every year,"
Marlins manager John Boles said.
Reames (2-0) allowed four hits and two runs, though Florida
scored its first run without getting a hit.
Luis Castillo walked to lead off the game, stole second,
advanced to third on a grounder to first and scored on Cliff
Floyd's RBI grounder.
Lee Stevens, who went 3-for-4 and had three RBI, hit a two-run
double in the bottom half of the first to put Montreal ahead 2-1.
"Right now, I'm getting some hits," Stevens said. "So I'm
just going by the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' theory."
Milton Bradley followed with an RBI single, the first of his
three straight hits off Clement, as the Expos went up by two.
"A couple of them were just seeing-eye singles, but the last
one I got real wood on it, and everything's falling into place,"
Guerrero's first-pitch homer leading off the fifth made it 4-1.
"Obviously, Vlady's the focal point of our lineup," Stevens
said. "He's going to have another big year. ... He's going to be
fine, everybody knows that. He's one of the hardest workers in here
and he's going to come back and swing the bat like everybody around
here is used to seeing."
Charles Johnson hit an RBI double in the sixth to draw Florida
within two. But Montreal scored four times in the bottom half to go
Michael Barrett drew a leadoff walk and Fernando Seguignol
followed with a pinch-hit single to end Clement's outing.
"It was a constant battle," Clement said. "I was just doing
my best to keep the team in the game, and for the most part, I did.
You're not going to have your best stuff every time you go out
Reliever Ricky Bones got Orlando Cabrera to ground into a double
play before allowing Jose Vidro's RBI double, Fernando Tatis'
run-scoring single, and Guerrero's RBI double.
Stevens hit a run-scoring single off Vic Darensbourg for the
Expos' fourth-straight RBI hit before he was cut down at second
while trying to advance on the throw home.
Clement went five-plus innings and allowed five runs and nine
|Lee Stevens is safe at home plate on a hit by Milton Bradley as catcher Charles Johnson misses the tag.|
Marlins radio announcer Dave Van Horne was inducted into
the Expos' hall of fame before the game. Van Horne, who joined
Florida's broadcast team this season, was the English language
voice of the Expos for the franchise's first 32 seasons. ... Expos
leadoff hitter Peter Bergeron was dropped down to the seventh spot,
changing places in the batting order with Cabrera. Bergeron went
0-for-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .136
(6-for-44) with 18 strikeouts. ... Stevens leads the Expos with 15
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