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Day solid, Vidro smashing in Expos' victory

5/13/2003

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Frank Robinson had plenty of confidence in
his closer, even with Barry Bonds standing at the plate as the
potential tying run.

The Montreal manager pitched to Bonds, all right.

Bonds doubled off the wall, but Rocky Biddle struck out the next
two batters and the Expos handed Damian Moss his first loss of the
season Monday night with a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco
Giants.

"I have confidence in my pitcher, No. 1,'' Robinson said. "All
Barry can do is tie the game. What you're talking about is a home
run. It's not easy to do.''

Jose Vidro hit a three-run double in the seventh inning off Joe
Nathan. Vidro is 3-for-4 with the bases loaded this season,
including 2-for-2 with two outs.

Rich Aurilia and Bonds hit consecutive doubles in the ninth to
cut it to 4-3, but Biddle fanned Jose Cruz Jr. and Benito Santiago
for his ninth save in 10 chances.

"That last at-bat scared me big time,'' Montreal's Michael
Barrett said. "Cruz has been hot. ... (When Bonds connected) I was
like 'Oh no! I can't believe it!' You give a good hitter two
fastballs to the same spot and he's going to make an adjustment.
Thank God it's 421 out there.''

Zach Day (4-1) pitched six solid innings, winning his third
straight decision in his 10th career start. The right-hander, who
has not lost since April 8 at Chicago, allowed one run and eight
hits.

And he was able to do what no other pitcher had this season --
beat Moss.

"He's been doing well,'' said Day, who mixed up his pitches
more than in recent outings. "Its was a fun matchup for both of us
-- two younger guys going at it.''

Aurilia had three hits for San Francisco, which lost its third
straight and couldn't produce enough offense to support Moss, who
came in with a career-best five-game winning streak.

Moss, acquired from the Braves in the offseason, had runners
aboard in the first five innings, but only one got past first base
as the left-hander escaped unscathed each time.

In the seventh, Barrett and pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll hit
back-to-back singles with one out before Endy Chavez grounded out.

Moss (5-1) walked Orlando Cabrera to load the bases, and Nathan
relieved. Vidro drove a 2-2 fastball down the right-field line to
score three runs.

The Giants got an unearned run in the bottom half when
pinch-hitter Andres Galarraga singled home Bonds. They nearly
scored another, but Cruz was thrown out at the plate by right
fielder Vladimir Guerrero on Santiago's single.

After the game, the Giants had no regrets about sending Cruz
home.

"Jose Cruz had a great jump,'' third base coach Gene Glynn
said. "Vladimir just made a great throw. If I had to do it again,
I would do it again and see if he could make that throw again.''

Said manager Felipe Alou, "In that situation you don't play the
arm, you play the accuracy.''

Orlando Cabrera added a sacrifice fly for Montreal in the ninth,
an important insurance run.

In his previous five starts, Moss was 4-0 with a 1.41 ERA.

Marquis Grissom drove in a run against his former team in the
fourth with a single off Day for a 1-0 Giants lead.

The game was a reunion of sorts, with many hugs and handshakes
as players with connections to the other team caught up with old
friends.

Grissom, Galarraga, Jim Brower and Kirk Rueter all used to play
in Montreal, where Alou made his big league managerial debut in
1992. He was fired during the 2001 season.

Robinson used to manage in San Francisco, and Montreal pitcher
Livan Hernandez played for the Giants last season before being
traded in March.

Hernandez spent 45 minutes in the Giants clubhouse before the
game visiting his former teammates before finding his way to the
visitor's locker room to dress for the game.

Hernandez was greeted by Giants owner Peter Magowan, who is
still signing the pitcher's paycheck.

Alou celebrated his 68th birthday, receiving a birthday message
on the center-field scoreboard before San Francisco batted in the
second. Highlights from his playing days more than four decades ago
were played.

Game notes
Montreal is 7-1 in Day's starts. He threw 95 pitches, 55
for strikes. ... Galarraga is 10-for-14 with runners in scoring
position. ... Vidro and Colorado's Preston Wilson share the NL lead
with 18 doubles. ... Bonds walked twice, one intentional. ... The
Giants are 7-for-34 (.206) with runners in scoring position in
their three consecutive losses.