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Arizona drops sixth straight

MONTREAL (AP) -- John Patterson had confidence in the game Brian
Schneider called behind the plate. He benefited from his catcher's
offense, too.

Schneider's grand slam capped Montreal's six-run outburst in the
fourth inning, and the Expos extended the Arizona Diamondbacks'
losing streak to six with a 7-3 victory Wednesday night.

Patterson, acquired from Arizona in March, took a shutout into
the seventh and won for the first time in more than four months to
help Montreal extend its winning streak to four.

"Schneider and I worked really good tonight and everything
turned out good," Patterson said. "It feels good."

The Diamondbacks fell to a major league-worst 35-80, becoming
the first team to reach 80 losses. Arizona, outscored 43-16 during
its losing streak, has lost 25 of 29 and 43 of 52.

"I know we are a young team, but I don't want to use that
excuse any more," Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said. "We
still have to find a way to compete and find a way to get something
going. We played well against the Marlins back home. The offense
responded and we got some timely hitting and we have to find a way
to do it again."

Patterson (2-2), who returned July 16 after missing 2½ months
with a strained groin, allowed six hits and three runs in 6 2-3
innings. He gave up three hits and faced just two over the minimum
while holding the Diamondbacks scoreless through six before giving
up three runs in the seventh.

"It's just another game," Patterson said about facing his
former team. "I mean, you want to play it up as much -- it's a win,
it feels good, it was fun."

Patterson was 0-2 since April 10, when he allowed just two hits
in seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the New York Mets in
Puerto Rico in the first of his 10 starts this season.

Brandon Webb (4-14) threw 33 pitches in the fourth inning after
needing just 21 pitches to get through the first three innings.

"I really lost my command," Webb said. "I don't know if it
was focus, but it really didn't feel good coming out."

Webb allowed three straight singles to begin the fourth,
including Jose Vidro's run-scoring liner to right to open the
scoring.

Tony Batista got his team-leading 70th RBI on a grounder to
third that made it 2-0.

One out later, Alex Gonzalez and Nick Johnson drew back-to-back
walks to load the bases, and Schneider drove Webb's 2-2 pitch over
the right-field wall for his second career grand slam -- Montreal's
fourth this season.

"I was looking for his sinker, which is his best pitch,"
Schneider said. "I got fortunate and got the bat head out and
caught the ball good, but more than anything it gave John the
confidence to be even more aggressive and go after hitters and let
them put it in play and let our defense do its work."

Johnson put the Expos up 7-0 when he followed Terrmel Sledge's
leadoff double in the sixth with a one-out double off Webb, who
lost his third start in a row.

The Diamondbacks scored three times in the seventh on Luis
Terrero's RBI single, Schneider's passed ball and Carlos Baerga's
run-scoring single.

Webb allowed seven runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, falling
to 1-9 in his last 13 starts.

Game notes
The Diamondbacks have allowed five grand slams this season.
... Juan Rivera, Sledge and Batista also hit grand slams for
Montreal this season. ... Patterson threw 81 of 111 pitches for
strikes.