Series: Game 1 of 3

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 8/11)

Game 1: Monday, August 11
Game 2: Tuesday, August 12
in 11
Game 3: Wednesday, August 13

Rockies 1

(60-61, 19-42 away)

Expos 3

(60-59, 37-22 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 11, 2003

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: Z. Day (6-4)

    L: J. Jennings (10-10)

    S: R. Biddle (28)

    Rockies lose third straight game

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos are making the most of their limited playing time at Olympic Stadium.

    Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Zach Day pitched six solid innings to lead Montreal to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

    The Expos, who returned from a 1-5 road trip, improved to 27-16 in Montreal this season.

    "It should be that way because this is our home," Expos second baseman Jose Vidro said. "We're supposed to feel comfortable here. We're supposed to win games here."

    The team is only playing 59 games at Olympic Stadium this season after 22 home games were moved to Puerto Rico to boost revenue.

    "When we don't win on the road, we've got to come here and get some wins because that's the way it's supposed to be," Vidro said.

    Guerrero followed Vidro's one-out double in the third off Jason Jennings (10-10) with a drive over the center-field wall for his 14th homer.

    "It was a big swing tonight," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "We haven't been driving the ball into the gaps and we haven't been hitting home runs with people on base, so it was nice to pick up two runs with one swing of the bat. It was kind of a pick-me-up and it's what we needed."

    Day (6-4) struck out a career-high seven while allowing five hits, including Chris Stynes' RBI double in the third.

    "My breaking ball was really good today," Day said. "It was sharp and I was able to locate for the most part and make the pitches when I needed to with the fastball."

    Colorado lost its third in a row, falling to 19-42 on the road to begin a seven-game trip.

    "We didn't do enough on offense to win a ballgame, by any means," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Day walked two of the first three he faced, but escaped the first inning unscathed. Preston Wilson, leading the majors with 112 RBI, lined to Vidro, and the second baseman stepped on the bag to get Ronnie Belliard for an inning-ending unassisted double play.

    "I just wanted to make a pitch inside with the sinker and it got in there enough, luckily," Day said.

    Rocky Biddle pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 33 opportunities.

    Jennings walked three in the first and was fortunate to get out of the inning down only 1-0 on Orlando Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

    After Endy Chavez and Jamey Carroll walked, Jennings caught a break when Vidro popped up a bunt attempt to catcher Charles Johnson.

    Guerrero singled to load the bases and Cabrera flied to right to score Chavez as Carroll advanced to third.

    Brad Wilkerson walked to load the bases again before Wil Cordero fouled out.

    "Early on, they were doing a heck of a job laying off my sinker," Jennings said. "I don't think I was being wild, it was a case of them having a real good eye at the plate and not swinging at anything low in the zone."

    Belliard hit a one-out double in the third and Stynes doubled to the left-field corner to tie it at 1.

    After Guerrero's homer in the third, Montreal had a chance to add to the lead in the fifth.

    With two outs and runners at first and third, Guerrero was caught off base. Jennings moved Carroll back to third with a fake throw before wheeling around and throwing to first baseman Todd Helton, who tagged out Guerrero to end the threat.

    "(Jennings) battled. He gave us a shot to win," Hurdle said.

    Day improved to 2-0 in three starts since allowing six runs in two innings in a 15-4 loss to Atlanta on July 26 in his first start since returning from a right shoulder inflammation.

    Game notes

    Rockies reliever Adam Bernero was nearly struck by Cabrera's foul liner while he was warming up in the bullpen down the left-field line in the fifth. ... Montreal improved to 60-59, avoiding falling below .500 for the first time this season for the second time in three days.

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