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Marlins 4, Expos 2

June 29, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ Livan Hernandez, a Cuban defector making his second start of the season, earned his first major league victory as the Florida Marlins beat the Montreal Expos 4-2 on Saturday night.

Hernandez (0-1), who signed a four-year, $4.5 million contract with Florida after leaving the Cuban national team two years ago, struck out six and walked two in seven innings. The right-hander also hit David Segui with a pitch, with Segui making an unsuccessful attempt to charge the mound.

Felix Heredia worked two perfect inning of relief, and Robb Nen added a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the first against Jim Bullinger (5-7) on Gary Sheffield’s RBI-double and Moises Alou’s groundout, and added a run in the third on Jim Eisenreich’s sacrifice fly.

After giving up a double to Vladimir Guerrero in the fourth, Hernandez hit Segui under the right shoulder. Segui tried to get to the mound, but was restrained by plate umpire Brian Gibbons and catcher Charles Johnson.

Both benches cleared, but no punches were thrown. Segui was ejected.

Hernandez then walked Henry Rodriguez to load the bases, Jose Vidro followed with a sacrifice fly, and Ryan McGuire _ running for Segui _ scored on a fielder’s choice to cut the Marlins lead to 3-2.

Hernandez, got out of the inning when Raul Chavez flied out to right.

Florida’s Bobby Bonilla made it 4-2 with an RBI-single in the ninth.

Bullinger pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs.

Notes: Johnson was scheduled to receive his 1996 Gold Glove before the game, but Rawlings account executive Lou Amorose was stuck in traffic, forcing the postponement of the presentation until Sunday. ... The Expos have 15 complete games, four more than all of last season. ... Guerrero has an eight-game hitting streak.