Expos 9, Giants 2
MONTREAL (AP) _ David Segui was too much for the San Francisco Giants.
Segui hit a pair of two-run homers and Pedro Martinez struck out 11 Tuesday night to lead the Montreal Expos to their fourth straight win, 9-2 over the San Francisco Giants.
``He’s the kind of guy we need in there,″ said the Expos’ F.P. Santangelo, who homered and scored twice. ``Whether he goes 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, he’s important to have in our lineup. He’s real fiery and he brings a lot of intensity. Just having his leadership around is important.″
Segui, who missed six weeks after fracturing his right thumb in early July, hit a two-run homer off Mark Gardner (10-6) in the fifth to give Montreal a 5-0 lead, and his two-run shot in the eighth off Rich DeLucia made it 9-2.
Giants manager Dusty Baker had a simple explanation for his team’s fourth straight loss.
``Too much David Segui,″ Baker said. ``I think he’s had half his home runs this year against us.″
``That’s the only way I know how to play,″ said Segui, who recorded his first career multihomer game. ``I can’t play relaxed when I play. I’ve got to be mad. That’s my style of play. That’s the way Mike (Lansing) plays and that’s the way F.P. plays. We need guys on the team like that.″
Martinez (12-9) allowed two runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out 10 or more for the third straight start. The right-hander has allowed four runs and 17 hits in 24 2-3 innings over his last three starts, striking out 33.
``If you look at my numbers the last three games, it’s obvious I’m feeling better,″ Martinez said. ``I’ve been feeling better, my shoulder is feeling better and that’s allowed me to spot my fastball better.″
Rick Wilkins went 4-for-4 and drove in both of San Francisco’s runs. It was Wilkins’ second career four-hit game.
Santangelo, who singled and scored on Moises Alou’s hit in the first, hit seventh homer in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Segui hit a two-run shot off Gardner in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
Mark Grudzielanek’s RBI single in the third put Montreal ahead 3-0. Cliff Floyd and Grudzielanek hit run-scoring singles in the seventh against Shawn Barton to make it 7-1.
Gardner, 0-2 in his last five starts, allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
``It wasn’t a good start for Mark,″ Baker said of Gardner, who missed two starts in early July after surgery on his appendix. ``I don’t think he’s been the same since. That’s hurt him.″
Notes: Giants right-hander Osvaldo Fernandez, who defected from Cuba last year, met with U.S. Immigration officials Tuesday in Miami along with five members of his family who are seeking political asylum. They include his wife, mother, brother, daughter and stepson. Fernandez flew to Miami Saturday night and met with his family for the first time since leaving Cuba. ... Wilkins had his other four-hit game April 22 against the Giants, when he was with Houston. ... The NL upheld the four-game suspension of Expos right-hander Jeff Juden. Juden, who was a key combatant in the Expos’ Aug. 12 brawl with Houston, had appealed the suspension. He will begin serving the ban Wednesday. ... Giants outfielder Trenidad Hubbard, who injured his left hand Sunday checking his swing in New York, had surgery Tuesday night to repair damage to his hamate bone and will be out for the rest of the season.