SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- With two big swings, Brian
Schneider added to the Cincinnati Reds' bad run.
Schneider hit his second homer of the game, a leadoff shot in
the 10th inning that lifted the Montreal Expos over Cincinnati 8-7
Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Schneider hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, then connected off
Scott Williamson (2-1) to win it. The backup catcher's first career
multihomer game ended the Expos' three-game losing streak.
"It was very good to get a second chance," he said.
Coming off being swept in a three-game series by Atlanta at
their part-time Caribbean home, the Expos wanted to build momentum
heading into their official opener in Montreal next Tuesday.
"This has been a long road trip for us," Schneider said. "We
needed a good homestand here in Puerto Rico."
Cincinnati managed to stop its streak of allowing 10 or more
runs at three straight games after being pounded at Wrigley Field
by the Chicago Cubs. The Reds have not given up double digits for
four in a row since 1949.
But the team that ranks last in the NL in pitching, fielding and
hitting still lost its fourth consecutive game.
Sean Casey temporarily saved Cincinnati, hitting an RBI single
with two outs in the ninth that tied it at 7. He returned to the
Reds just in time after missing Thursday's game for the birth of
his second child.
"We're kind of fighting in a rut right now. When you're going
good, you win that game. When you're not, you lose it," Casey
"At least we showed some life out there. There were times in
Chicago where it didn't look like we had a heartbeat," he said.
"We kept battling back, battling back, battling back."
The announced crowd of 10,296 was the smallest for the Expos'
eight games so far in Puerto Rico. It was the makeup for Friday
night's rainout, and this game was played in intermittent drizzle.
"We had some positives out there," Reds manager Bob Boone
said. "We had some things go well. It was a better ballgame for
us. We're still not hitting on all cylinders."
Every Expos starter except Schneider, the eighth-place hitter,
had either scored a run or driven in one by the fifth inning as
Montreal tagged Ryan Dempster. In Dempster's last start, he
absorbed the bulk of Philadelphia's outburst when the Phillies set
a team record by scoring 13 runs in one inning.
Expos starter Zach Day, who was born, raised and still lives in
Cincinnati, pitched seven innings and left with a 6-3 lead.
"We've got to take care of business a little bit better,"
Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
The Reds have allowed 13 home run in their last four games.
... Montreal 1B Jeff Liefer ended an 0-for-17 slump that included
10 strikeouts with an RBI double. ... LF Adam Dunn made one of the
Reds' two errors, and also bumped into Kearns while catching a fly
in left-center field. Dunn also flied out with the bases loaded to
end the ninth. ... The Reds' rally helped Dempster preserve his
perfect 5-0 mark against Montreal. ... RHP Orlando Hernandez
pitched live batting practice for the first time since being
sidelined in mid-March because of tendinitis in his shoulder. The
Expos hope he'll be able to return by mid-May. ... Lopez is the
only current Reds player born in Puerto Rico.