Giants 2, Expos 1
MONTREAL (AP) _ Rondell White’s leadoff homer for Montreal roused San Francisco Giants rookie Jaime Brewington to his best outing ever.
Brewington pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and Matt Williams hit a tiebreaking home run s San Francisco edged the Expos 2-1 Saturday night.
``It kind of woke me up a little bit,″ said Brewington (4-1), who combined with three relievers on a four-hitter. ``With the game that close, I was focused and settled and threw a lot of strikes.
``This is the best I’ve pitched,″ said Brewington, making his seventh start since Mark Portugal was traded to Cincinnati. ``I was making quality pitches, not just throwing the ball.″
The Giants’ victory, combined with losses by Los Angeles and Colorado, moved San Francisco to within 6 1/2 games of the division lead, the closest they’ve trailed since July 18.
Mark Carreon went 4-for-4 with a double to extend a career-high 10-game hitting streak for the Giants. Barry Bonds singled home San Francisco’s first run.
Williams was in an 0-for-14 slump before connecting in the sixth for his 15th homer, his second in eight games since returning from a foot injury. He hit a leadoff homer in his third at-bat against rookie Tavo Alvarez (0-2).
``If you don’t know him, the first at-bat is a tester, and although I struck out, I had a better idea of what to expect the next time, and the next,″ said Williams.
The Giants third baseman said he’s still a long way from finding his old form.
``I still have spring-training legs,″ said Williams, who also singled in the seventh. ``I have to try to be patient and get some good pitches to hit. Then, I’ve got to hit them.″
After White homered, Brewington walked two in the first inning before retiring 10 straight.
Relievers Scott Service and Shawn Barton followed Brewington, and Rod Beck got the last two outs for his 24th save.
Alvarez made a throwing error on a grounder by Robby Thompson in the first, setting up an RBI single by Barry Bonds. Alvarez lasted six innings in his second major-league start, allowing eight hits and one walk while fanning five.
Sean Berry doubled to lead off the Montreal fifth and Brewington loaded the bases on a hit batter and a walk before striking out Wil Cordero to end the threat.
``The kid surprised us,″ Montreal manager Felipe Alou of Brewington. ``We had a lot of runs (Friday) night, but they all disappeared today.″
Montreal, 2-8 on the homestand, beat the Giants 12-1 Friday.
Brewington retired seven straight before coming out for a pinch hitter in the eighth. He finished with two strikeouts and three walks and has worked into the sixth inning in all of his seven starts.
Notes: San Francisco has won eight of its last 10 games at Olympic Stadium. ... Cordero made his first career start out of the infield, playing left field. ... White’s 11th homer was the fifth by Montreal leading off a game. They’ve done it twice in three games against the Giants.