<
>

Jays' starter Hentgen pulled in second inning

TORONTO (AP) -- Tony Batista played his best game of the year in
what might been Montreal's last game in Toronto.

Batista homered and tied a career high with five RBI against
his former team, leading the Expos to a 9-4 victory over the Blue
Jays on Sunday.

The Expos are expected to move after this season, although major
league baseball is pushing back its decision on where to relocate
them until after the All-Star break.

The two teams don't meet again in Canada this season, though
they play each other in Puerto Rico next weekend.

Batista entered the game in a 9-for-79 slump.

"I knew it was going to come," said Batista, who went 3-for-5,
raising his average to .217. "By the end of the season the numbers
are going to be right there."

Brad Wilkerson also homered for the Expos, who salvaged the last
game of the three-game series. Montreal (25-48) has the worst
record in the majors.

"We don't know anything about where we are going to go. We're
just waiting," Batista said.

Staked to an 8-0 lead in the second, Livan Hernandez (5-7)
allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out
seven and walked two.

Toronto starter Pat Hentgen (2-8) has lost a career-high six
straight decisions. Hentgen allowed six runs on three hits and five
walks in a season-low 1 2-3 innings -- raising his ERA to 6.42.

"I pitched poorly," Hentgen said. "I didn't keep us in the
game."

Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said the team won't move Hentgen to
the bullpen.

"He's going to have to pick up some arm speed and some
velocity, either that or really be able to locate his pitches,"
Tosca said. "He just doesn't have any command of his pitches right
now."

The 35-year-old right-hander, who hasn't won since May 10 at
Kansas City, walked four of his first five batters.

Wilkerson, Orlando Cabrera and Jose Vidro led off the game with
walks before Nick Johnson hit a sacrifice fly. Batista later added
a two-run single.

Montreal scored five runs in the second, when Wilkerson hit a
two-run homer off Hentgen, and Batista a three-run shot off Micheal
Nakamura.

Toronto's Reed Johnson hit an RBI single in the third, but Nick
Johnson had a run-scoring groundout in the fourth.

Alex Rios' RBI double and Orlando Hudson's two-run double cut
Montreal's lead to 9-4.

Game notes
Vidro extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single
in the fourth. ... The Blue Jays are missing their top three
hitters: first baseman Carlos Delgado, center fielder Vernon Wells
and left fielder Frank Catalanotto. ... The Expos lost their
previous five road games. ... Attendance was 25,915.