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Martinez Now 5-0 After Rout of Giants

May 07, 1997|From Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Pedro Martinez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and matched his season high with 10 strikeouts, leading the Montreal Expos past the San Francisco Giants, 10-3, on Tuesday night.

Martinez (5-0) didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning. He gave up only his second earned run in 36 1/3 innings this season, and his major league-leading earned-run average rose slightly from 0.31 to 0.50.

Doug Strange closed out the Expo scoring with a three-run home run in the ninth off reliever Doug Henry, and Mike Lansing went three for five with a run batted in and a run scored for Montreal.

Shawn Estes (4-2) lost his second consecutive start. He went five-plus innings, giving up four runs and nine hits. He walked four and struck out three.

Martinez pitched four perfect innings, striking out the side in the fourth, before hitting Jeff Kent with a pitch that caught him between the shoulder blades to start the fifth.

Kent took a few steps toward the mound before catcher Darrin Fletcher and umpire Jeff Kellogg caught up to him and escorted him to first base.

J.T. Snow then singled down the third-base line for the Giants first hit and Stan Javier lined a run-scoring single to center, pulling San Francisco within 2-1.

But the Expos added two runs in the sixth. Rookie Vladimir Guerrero singled, Henry Rodriguez walked and Doug Strange singled to load the bases before Fletcher singled to drive in a run and chase Estes.

Julian Tavarez relieved and Martinez hit into double play that allowed Rodriguez to score from third.

The Expos broke the game open with a three-run seventh. Lansing doubled for his third hit and Rondell White was hit in the elbow by a Tavarez pitch and David Segui walked to load the bases.

With Guerrero up, Tavarez threw two wild pitches that both led to runs before Guerrero lifted a sacrifice fly to center for the third run of the inning.

Montreal scored its first two runs in the fifth on successive run-scoring singles by Lansing and Rondell White.



WHO: Montreal Expos

WHERE: Dodger Stadium

WHEN: Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.

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