Giants still searching for first win on road trip


MONTREAL (AP) -- Not having to face Barry Bonds has been a bonus
for the Montreal Expos, who still have their former manager's

Zach Day pitched seven shutout innings and hit an RBI single,
leading Montreal to a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on
Saturday night.

Vladimir Guerrero went 2-for-3, including a two-run double in
the fourth inning, as Montreal moved to 5-0 against Felipe Alou's
NL West leaders this season.

"We've just been very fortunate against a good ballclub to get
well-pitched ballgames against them," Expos manager Frank Robinson
said. "We've got some timely hitting and scored some runs. You're
always on your toes until the game's over against that ballclub.
They can break out of it at any time."

San Francisco played its second game in a row without Bonds, who
is on bereavement leave to be with his ailing father.

The Giants, who arrived in Montreal at 5 a.m. on Friday, fell to
0-4 on a road trip that was shortened to six games when Thursday's
game in New York was postponed by the Northeast blackout.

"We're a little tired -- we looked tired," said Alou, who
managed the Expos from 1992-01. "We miss Barry, but even when
Barry was here we still weren't scoring that many runs. He was
hitting home runs and doing his thing but we weren't getting a
whole lot from the rest of the guys."

Day (7-4) scattered four hits, improving to 3-0 in his last four

"I felt comfortable out there," Day said. "The sinker was
working and I was throwing my breaking ball for strikes. I kept the
ball down today and when I do that, it's pretty good for the

Luis Ayala allowed a two-out RBI single to Edgardo Alfonzo in
the ninth before Rocky Biddle retired Neifi Perez on one pitch for
his 29th save in 34 chances.

"That's the first time it's ever happened to me," Biddle said
of his quickest save. "It's a good feeling. We're on a good roll
right now."

Giants center fielder Marquis Grissom was sent for X-rays after
he was hit on the left hand by a pitch leading off the fourth. He
left the game after J.T. Snow grounded into a double play and was
taken to a hospital.

Trainer Stan Conte said that preliminary X-rays showed no
fracture, adding that the tests would be reviewed further by

Jason Schmidt (12-5) had his four-game winning streak snapped.
He allowed nine hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest
outing of the season.

Schmidt skipped his last start because of a tender right elbow
that has bothered him since the All-Star break.

"I felt good actually, I was kind of surprised," Schmidt said.
"For a few innings I think I was a little nervous to let it go. I
just couldn't throw strikes, couldn't put the ball where I wanted

Wil Cordero doubled to the left-field corner leading off the
second. One out later, Brian Schneider hit an RBI triple to make it

Day, who entered with just one hit in 29 at-bats (.034), hit a
run-scoring single to right past a drawn-in infield for his second
RBI of the season.

"That was really a surprise," Robinson said. "I almost fell
over when that ball went through. He usually doesn't make that kind
of contact but that was certainly a big hit and a big RBI in a
tough situation, and that really set up the game for us."

Montreal chased Schmidt, whose previous shortest outing was 4
2-3 innings on May 11, in the fifth.

Brad Wilkerson and Jose Vidro singled to open the inning.
Wilkerson broke from second as Schmidt pitched to Guerrero, who hit
a liner to the wall in left-center as Wilkerson slid headfirst into
third before getting up to trot home. Vidro scored behind him.

One out later, Ron Calloway walked and Alou summoned Kevin
Correia to replace Schmidt, who had won seven of his previous eight

Game notes
Alou was given a standing ovation from the Olympic Stadium
crowd of 16,446 before the game when the Expos presented him with a
plaque in recognition of his 27 years of service to the
organization. ... LF Tony Torcato finally joined the Giants after
arriving on a flight from Hartford, Conn. Torcato, who entered the
game after Grissom was removed, spent 27 hours in a terminal at New
York's JFK airport after he was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and
stranded during the blackout Thursday. "There were a lot of people
laying around and sleeping all day," Torcato said. "It was
crazy." ... The Expos have a Dennis Martinez bobblehead promotion
for Sunday's game, when they will randomly distribute 5,000 dolls
in his likeness sporting the powder blue Expos uniform he wore when
he pitched his perfect game in Los Angeles on July 28, 1991.