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Guerrero & Co. bury Marlins

MONTREAL (AP) – The Montreal Expos knew it was just a matter of time before Vladimir Guerrero hit a home run.

Lee Stevens
Lee Stevens is safe at home plate on a hit by Milton Bradley as catcher Charles Johnson misses the tag.

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 Saturday night.

"That was huge for him," Reames said. "We were just waiting."

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 the season.

"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," Bradley said.

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 up 8-2.

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 there."

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 hits.

Game notes
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 RBI.

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