Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/21)

Game 1: Friday, August 20
in 10
Game 2: Saturday, August 21
Game 3: Sunday, August 22
in 10

Expos 2

(51-71, 23-41 away)

Rockies 5

(55-68, 31-34 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 21, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: J. Kennedy (6-5)

    L: L. Hernandez (9-11)

    Kennedy wins first since June 20

    DENVER (AP) -- With a suspension looming, Joe Kennedy gave the Montreal Expos his undivided attention.

    Todd Helton homered and Kennedy won for the first time since June 20 as the Colorado Rockies ended a three-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Expos on Saturday night.

    "It's been a long time since I won a game and it was nice to come out and help the team get a win, and hopefully we can continue that into September," Kennedy said.

    Kennedy pitched after he appealed a five-game suspension for his part in a brawl with Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall on Aug. 15. He allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

    "The suspension and appeal was not a distraction at all," Kennedy said. "We still have a month left and I just want to stay healthy and see what I can do in the five or six starts I have left."

    He gave up a first-inning homer to Jose Vidro but kept the Expos in check until the seventh, when they loaded the bases. Steve Reed replaced Kennedy and fanned Alex Gonzalez and Vidro to end the threat.

    Shawn Chacon allowed one run in the ninth before finishing an unusually quick game at Coors Field -- it lasted just 2 hours, 14 minutes. It was the fifth shortest nine-inning game played at the ballpark.

    Kennedy (6-5) lost five of his previous six decisions.

    "It was a very good outing for Kennedy," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He got us to the seventh inning and he had 13 groundball outs."

    Matt Holliday hit a two-run double, and Vinny Castilla had a run-scoring double for the Rockies. Helton finished 3-for-3 with three runs.

    Livan Hernandez took the loss despite throwing a complete game.

    "What can you do without runs?" Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "We didn't give him any."

    Hernandez (9-11) worked eight innings for his seventh complete game of the year. He allowed four earned runs, eight hits and one walk. He had won three consecutive decisions since losing July 20 in Pittsburgh.

    "I had a fastball and sinker and nothing else," Hernandez said. "I couldn't throw my slider or curve and I need them to win."

    Vidro hit a hanging curveball into the left-field seats with two outs in the first inning to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.

    Even without his full complement of pitches, Hernandez retired eight in a row after allowing a first-inning single before issuing a one-out walk to Helton in the fourth. Castilla singled and, one out later, Holliday doubled to the wall in center field to score Helton and Castilla.

    "With two guys on base I wanted to have a good at-bat and try to get us going," Holliday said. "I was looking for something out over the plate that I could drive, and got it."

    The Rockies made it 4-1 with two runs in the sixth. Mark Sweeney doubled and scored when Terrmel Sledge booted Helton's single to left for an error. Castilla followed with an RBI double that bounced into the bullpen in center.

    Helton hit a solo shot in the eighth.

    Game notes

    Montreal placed 1B Nick Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken cheekbone. OF Ryan Church was recalled from Triple-A Edmonton. ... Expos RHP Tony Armas Jr. could miss his next scheduled start after being hit in the right shin by a batted ball Friday. ... LHP Jeff Francis, Colorado's top draft choice in the 2002, will make his major league debut Wednesday in Atlanta. ... Rockies OF Preston Wilson sat out with a sore left knee.

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