DENVER (AP) -- John Patterson has struggled to earn wins this
season, so he tried a different approach against the Colorado
"We stuck to our game plan and were aggressive with
fastballs," Patterson said. "Things can get out of control in a
hurry here, and you just have to be aggressive and stay ahead in
the counts, and we did that today."Patterson worked six strong innings and got offensive support
from Juan Rivera and Ryan Church as the Montreal Expos won 8-2 on
Sunday.Patterson (3-2) allowed a run and four hits for his second win
in eight starts. He has six no-decisions during that span."John got over the hump," Montreal manager Frank Robinson
said. "He had decent location and was controlling his pitches and
didn't leave a lot of pitches up."Rivera went 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and three runs
scored. Church had three hits and two RBI in his major league
debut for the Expos, whose first five runs came with two outs."I know I can play at this level, and this was a good start,"
Church said. "We will see how it works and go from there."The Expos scored two runs off Jason Jennings (11-11) in the
first inning on two-out RBI singles by Church and Alex Gonzalez.
Jennings walked Brad Wilkerson to lead off the game and, after
retiring the next two batters, gave up three straight hits."It was a battle from the beginning," said Jennings, who
struggled with his command. "It was the best I had."Matt Holliday hit a solo homer in the second to make it 2-1.In the fourth, Endy Chavez reached on a fielder's choice and
moved to second when Tony Batista forced Wilkerson at third. Rivera
followed with a single to left in the fourth.Brian Schneider singled leading off the fifth and scored when
Wilkerson slapped a two-out single to right to give Montreal a 4-1
lead.Rivera hit a two-out solo homer off reliever Chris Gissell in
the sixth to make it 5-1.Colorado's Mark Sweeney hit his fourth pinch-hit homer of the
season in the seventh off Luis Ayala to cut it to 5-2.Montreal blew it open with three runs in the eighth on Church's
swinging bunt with the bases loaded that drove in one. Two more
runs scored when reliever Brian Fuentes threw the ball into the
right-field corner for an error.Jennings allowed four runs and eight hits, and walked six in
five innings."This was embarrassing. The whole week was embarrassing," said
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle after a 2-4 homestand. "We don't
have time for this to be summer camp while we are at home."
Expos 1B Nick Johnson has been shut down for the season,
and will be sent home to recuperate from his broken cheekbone. ...
Montreal hasn't decided whether Tony Armas Jr. will make his
scheduled start Wednesday ... Montreal won the season series 4-2.
... Colorado OF Preston Wilson was given the day off with soreness
in his left knee. ... 3B Vinny Castilla was rested and replacement
Luis Gonzalez was a late scratch with the flu.