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BASEBALL EXTRA | SCOUTING REPORT: MONTREAL

Expos' Express Runs Through the Giants

May 08, 1997|From Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff Juden, who hasn't lost a game since Sept. 10, 1995, and will probably pitch against the Dodgers on Sunday, won't win one as easily as he did Wednesday in Candlestick Park.

Chances are he won't make successive outs in a game either.

Juden made the final out of the fifth inning and the first out of the sixth in San Francisco. In between, the Expos had eight consecutive hits en route to a 13-run, 13-hit inning in a 19-3 win over the Giants.

Mike Lansing homered twice in the inning, which followed a five-run fifth in which Henry Rodriguez hit a grand slam.

In all, five Expos had two hits in the sixth. The 13 runs in the sixth inning, in which 17 Expos batted, set an NL record and tied a major league mark.

"There were some cheap hits and you kind of go, 'Gee, when is it going to stop?' It's one of those fluke things that happens, and luckily we were on the offensive side," Lansing said.

For the game, Lansing had four hits, as did Rondell White, who hit his eighth homer. Doug Strange, who had a three-run double in the sixth, was one of four Montreal players with three hits.

The Expos batted for 30 minutes in their half of the sixth against three Giants relievers.

"It was a crazy inning. No matter who we sent in, it was like throwing gasoline on the fire," Giant Manager Dusty Baker said.

The Expos have won 11 of their last 16 games and have hit 20 homers in their last nine games. They had 26 hits, 10 for extra bases, on Wednesday.

By scoring 18 runs in consecutive innings, Montreal set an NL record for the 20th century. It broke the mark of 17 runs in consecutive innings set by the New York Giants against the Boston Braves on Sept. 3, 1926.

Juden (3-0) gave up three runs on seven hits and hit three batters in 5 1/3 innings.

The defeat was the most lopsided for the Giants since a 19-3 defeat by the Dodgers on May 26, 1970.

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