SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Used to closing out games for
Montreal, Rocky Biddle made a smooth transition to starter.
The right-hander, Montreal's closer with 11 saves in 14
opportunities this season, looked poised on the mound as he gave up
two hits, one walk, struck out three and did not allow a runner
past first base in his first start since September 25, 2002, with
the Chicago White Sox.
"I tried to take the approach where I wanted to eat up some
innings and keep us in the ballgame," Biddle said. "I felt I was
more focused, relaxed, I didn't let anything bother me."
He took Zach Day's spot in the rotation because he was the only
reliever available to start. Day is out since July 6 with right
Biddle (1-4) felt tired after throwing 56 pitches ending the
fifth, but did not rule out starting again.
"I don't know what they're going to do, but I'll take another
shot at it," he said.
"I was surprised, very pleasantly surprised," Expos manager
Frank Robinson said. "That was just outstanding on his part, he
looked poised and relaxed."
Montreal scored off Kip Wells in the seventh on a two-run double
down the left-field line by Carroll, who then scored on Horgan's
single --the pitcher's first career hit-- that chased Wells after 107
The Expos also scored in the first on Tony Batista's RBI single
"For some reason we just couldn't get it going," said Pirates
manager Lloyd McClendon.
Wells (4-6) pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowed four runs on six
hits, walked three and struck out four.
Biddle's last start was a 7-2 win over Boston. ... One of
Roberto Clemente's grandsons, Roberto Luis Clemente, ran the bases
before the game wearing a No. 21 Pirates jersey, and saluted four
Clemente teammates standing next to each base -- 1B Bob Robertson at
first, P Steve Blass at second, IF Jose Pagan at third and P Nellie
Briles at home. He also threw out the first pitch, caught by Expos
manager Frank Robinson. ... Montreal 3B Tony Batista was 1-for-4
and has a nine-game hitting streak, after getting his 1,000th
career hit on Friday. ... Montreal IF Andy Fox went 0-for-1 in a
pinch-hit situation, extending his hitless streak to 30 at-bats
dating back to April 28. ... Montreal CF Endy Chavez made a diving
catch on Tike Redman's flyball in the seventh. ... Pittsburgh 2B
Bobby Hill turned a nifty doubleplay in the seventh, fielding Nick
Johnson's grounder on his knees, and throwing sideways to SS Jack
Wilson, who relayed to first. ... Pirates RF Craig Wilson was hit
by a pitch in the second, the major league leading 17th time he's
been plunked this year, and his teammate Jack Wilson was hit by a
pitch in the first. The Pirates lead the majors in that category,
with 54 batters getting hit by pitches. ... Pittsburgh extended its
season-high streak to 91 consecutive innings and 10 straight games
without making an error.