Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Montreal leads 2-0 (as of 5/15)

Game 1: Friday, May 14
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Arizona3
Game 2: Saturday, May 15
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Arizona0
Game 3: Sunday, May 16
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Arizona1

Expos 5

(12-25, 6-16 away)

Diamondbacks 0

(14-22, 8-13 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 15, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: C. Vargas (3-2)

    L: C. Daigle (2-2)

    Montreal 5, Arizona 0

    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are in an ugly funk, and manager Bob Brenly isn't hiding his disgust.

    Brenly lashed out at his team in a profanity-laced, but brief, session with reporters following Arizona's 5-0 loss to the Montreal Expos on Saturday night.

    "When we need to pitch well, we don't pitch well. When we need to hit well, we don't hit well. When we need to catch the ball, we don't catch the ball," Brenly said.

    The team, he said, is "equal-opportunity" when it comes to messing up.

    "We find ways to lose games and I'm real tired of it," Brenly said, adding a final swear word as an adjective to emphasize his point.

    Claudio Vargas scattered six hits in seven-plus scoreless innings for the Expos, who beat Arizona for the second night in a row.

    Rookie Terrmel Sledge fell a double shy of the cycle, with a single, an RBI triple and a solo home run for Montreal. Tony Batista drove in three runs with two doubles.

    The Diamondbacks, shut out for the second time in four games, lost their fourth straight to fall to 2-7 on their 10-game homestand.

    "Anything and everything that could go wrong is going wrong," Arizona's Steve Finley said. "It's a whole team effort."

    Told of Brenly's comments, Finley didn't disagree.

    "That's a good sentiment. We all feel the same way. Nobody likes to lose. Nobody likes to be playing like this," he said, adding that there was no way the team would quit and that he expects a turnaround.

    Vargas (3-2), who entered the game with a 5.77 ERA, left after giving up singles to Chad Tracy and Matt Kata to start the eighth inning.

    Luis Ayala relieved and, after Danny Bautista fouled out, Steve Finley lined a single to right to load the bases. It was the first time Arizona had a runner past second all night. Shea Hillenbrand bounced into a double play to end the threat.

    "That situation certainly was big," manager Frank Robinson said. "We got the popup from Bautista and got the double play. You couldn't ask for any better."

    Ayala finished with a perfect ninth.

    Vargas had only two strikeouts, walked two and had several outs deep to the outfield. But the only Arizona player to make it as far as second through seven innings was Tracy, who would have been caught stealing had shortstop Orlando Cabrera not dropped the ball for an error in the first inning.

    Batista had his first RBI in 11 games.

    "If I continue doing like that, we'll have more men on base, and more RBI," he said.

    Arizona starter Casey Daigle had two outs when he got into trouble in the one-run first and three-run fifth innings.

    Daigle walked Cabrera with two outs in the first, then Brad Wilkerson singled to put runners on first and third. Batista brought Cabrera home with a double.

    In the fifth, Cabrera doubled with two outs, then Wilkerson walked and Batista doubled down the left-field line to bring in both runners. Sledge followed with an RBI triple over the head of Bautista in right and it was 4-0. Randy Choate relieved Daigle and struck out Matt Cepicky for the final out.

    "After you see the guys put a couple of runs in front of you, you feel more comfortable," Vargas said. "You can go out there and be more aggressive."

    Daigle (2-2) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

    Sledge -- 21-for-49 in his last 16 games after a 1-for-34 start to his career -- homered off Elmer Dessens in the eighth.

    Game notes


    Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez was out of the lineup for the first time this season. ... Diamondbacks 1B Richie Sexson hit some soft toss and off the tee. He hopes to come off the DL next Friday in Florida. ... Cabrera hit his 200th career double with two outs in the fifth.

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