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Reliever Kim works 4 1/3 perfect innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tony Batista homered twice and Sun-Woo
Kim pitched 4 1-3 perfect innings in relief of an injured Tomo
Ohka, leading the Montreal Expos to a 7-2 victory Thursday night
and a doubleheader sweep of the Kansas City Royals.

Zach Day pitched a six-hitter in the opener for his second
career shutout, and the Expos got 16 hits in an 8-0 win.

Angel Berroa's home run off Luis Ayala in the eighth inning of
the nightcap prevented the Royals from being shut out at home in
both ends of a doubleheader for the first time in team history.

It was the first doubleheader sweep by the Expos since beating
Cincinnati twice last April 19 in Puerto Rico.

Ohka was hit in the forearm by Carlos Beltran's line drive in
the third inning and taken to a hospital for X-rays. Kim (3-2) came
in and did not allow a baserunner before being relieved by Ayala to
start the eighth. Kim struck out three.

Batista homered off Jimmy Gobble (3-4) leading off the second
inning and added a two-run shot in the sixth for his 12th career
multihomer game. Endy Chavez had a sacrifice fly in the third
inning and Jose Vidro an RBI single in the seventh ahead of
Batista's seventh home run.

Brian Schneider's two-run double off Jason Grimsley made it 7-1
in the ninth.

Gobble went 7 1-3 innings, giving up six hits and five runs.

Day, whose only other shutout was May 1, 2003, at Milwaukee, got
16 groundouts.

Brad Wilkerson homered and drove in three runs in the opener for
the Expos, who won for just the fifth time in 17 games.

Jamey Carroll, getting a rare start at second base, scored three
runs and had three of Montreal's 16 hits. Orlando Cabrera also had
three hits.

Day (5-6) struck out four and walked none, the 10th time in 12
starts this season he's allowed three runs or fewer. He's thrown 13
straight scoreless innings.

After Wednesday night's game was rained out, the start of the
first game Thursday was delayed by showers for 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Dennys Reyes (2-1) allowed 11 hits and five runs in 6 2-3
innings.

"It was tough after waiting two hours. It seemed like
everything I threw, they hit," Reyes said.

Batista made it 5-0 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly off
Reyes. The Expos added three in the eighth on Wilkerson's leadoff
homer off Nate Field, Vidro's RBI single and a throwing error by
left fielder Byron Gettis.

Cabrera had an RBI single in the first, and Reyes walked Carroll
with the bases loaded. Vidro's groundout made it 3-0 in the second,
then Wilkerson hit an RBI single in the fifth.

Game notes
The 16 hits in the opener were one shy of Montreal's season high. ... Royals DH Ken Harvey went 0-for-4 in the opener in his first game since colliding with Grimsley on Sunday, ending his career-best 15-game hitting streak. But Harvey doubled off Ohka in
the first inning of the nightcap. ... The Expos have won six straight against left-handed starters.