National League Roundup : Expos Score Enough to Let Sleeping Giants Lie

From Associated Press

San Francisco and Montreal, two teams in hitting slumps, continued to struggle on offense Thursday.

The Expos simply struggled a little less, defeating the Giants, 2-0, at Candlestick Park. Those were the first earned runs for Montreal in 16 innings.

The Giants haven’t scored in 19 innings, and the loss dropped them two games behind the idle first-place Cincinnati Reds in the National League West.


Tim Wallach snapped an 0-for-16 slump with a two-run home run in the seventh to make the difference, and Dennis Martinez improved his record to 4-1, allowing five hits through 8 2/3 innings. Martinez struck out eight, walked one and didn’t allow a runner past second. Tim Burke got his ninth save.

San Francisco pitcher Mike Krukow (3-2) had a one-hitter with one out in the seventh when he gave up a second single to former Giant Mike Aldrete. Wallach followed with his third homer and the only runs of the game.

Krukow gave up only three hits, but walked five.

San Diego 2, New York 1--Tony Gwynn doubled in the game-winning run in the third inning at San Diego and Ed Whitson made it stand up to record his fifth consecutive victory.

Whitson (7-2) pitched 7 2/3 innings and lowered his earned-run average to 2.27. Mark Davis struck out Darryl Strawberry to end the eighth and then pitched the ninth for his league-leading 15th save.

New York’s Kevin McReynolds was thrown out trying to steal third in the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Barry Lyons delivered a single that could have tied the game. The Mets stranded two runners in the ninth.

The Padres scored both their runs in the third inning. After Marvell Wynne homered to right-center, Roberto Alomar singled to center and scored on Gwynn’s double. Gwynn had six hits in 14 at-bats in the series, and took the league lead with his 19th stolen base in the first inning.


Strawberry led off the second inning with his 11th home run for the only run against Whitson.

Pittsburgh 7, Atlanta 3--Doug Drabek snapped his five-game losing streak as the Pirates extended their longest winning streak of the season to four games.