Series: Game 1 of 3

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 7/2)

Game 1: Friday, July 2
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
Game 3: Sunday, July 4

Blue Jays 0

(35-45, 15-25 away)

Expos 2

(27-51, 14-22 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 2, 2004

    Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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    W: L. Hernandez (6-7)

    L: D. Bush (0-1)

    Latin flavor to north-of-border spat

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Livan Hernandez started Montreal off with a shutout in the start of what could be the Expos' final homestand in Puerto Rico.

    Hernandez pitched a four-hitter for his fourth complete game of the season, a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

    "I tried to keep their hitters off balance," he said. "Everything was working, I didn't miss a pitch."

    Tony Batista drove in two runs for the Expos, who were scheduled to play 22 games in San Juan for the second straight season. Major league baseball hopes to select a new permanent home for the team later this year.

    Hernandez (6-7) struck out five and walked one to beat David Bush, who lost in his major league debut. It was Hernandez's sixth career shutout, the first since Sept. 25, 2002, for San Francisco against San Diego.

    "He was just outstanding. He kept them off balanced, it was a superb effort," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

    Robinson had relievers warming in the bullpen in the seventh and eighth, but Hernandez's performance made them unnecessary.

    "I wasn't close to taking him out," he said.

    Bush allowed one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Bush said he was "more excited than nervous.

    "Hopefully, this is the starting of many more starts for him," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

    The game drew 8,220, well below the 19,000 capacity of Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

    After allowing a leadoff double to Frank Menechino, Hernandez retired 11 straight hitters before Eric Hinske's single in the fourth.

    Alex Rios opened the fifth with a single and stole second. After Howie Clark's flyout, Chris Gomez reached first on an error by third baseman Tony Batista. Bush then bunted into a forceout at third, and Menechino grounded out.

    Batista hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth off Justin Speier after singles by Jose Vidro and Nick Johnson chased Bush after 93 pitches.

    Terry Adams walked Vidro in the eighth, and Batista hit an RBI double off Kerry Ligtenberg.

    Game notes

    Hernandez is tied with Bartolo Colon for the most complete games since the start of the 2002 season (17). ... Bush was 6-6, with a 4.06 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Syracuse. ... Toronto 1B Carlos Delgado did not play because of a muscle strain in his ribcage. ... Montreal has six shutouts this season. Toronto has been blanked five times.

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