Padres 7, Expos 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Scott Sanders pitched 6 2-3 innings of no-hit ball and Ken Caminiti had a grand slam and six RBIs as the San Diego Padres beat the Montreal Expos 7-3 Monday night.
Darrin Fletcher broke up the no-hitter when he lined a 2-2 pitch to right for a clean single with two outs in the seventh.
Sanders (6-4) worked eight innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out eight and walked one.
Caminiti, who had two home runs and four RBIs Sunday against the New York Mets despite a bout with dehydration, hit his career-high 27th homer with a grand slam in the first. It came off Pedro Martinez (10-8), who lasted a season-low 1 2-3 innings and allowed six runs and eight hits.
Caminiti hit a two-run single in the second inning that knocked Martinez out of the game.
John Flaherty added a run-scoring single in the seventh off Jeff Juden.
The Expos got two runs in the eighth on Dave Silvestri’s first homer of the year, a two-run shot with no outs, and another in the ninth on Rondell White’s RBI single.
Trevor Hoffman earned his 29th save by getting the last out after the Expos put two runners on base.
Sanders had his no-hitter going a little longer than first thought after the official scorer changed a call in the bottom of the fifth.
Mike Lansing led off the fourth with a grounder that Caminiti failed to backhand. It was originally ruled a double, but scorer Phil Collier changed the play to a two-base error in the bottom of the fifth.
``When I first made the call, I was very hesitant about it,″ Collier said. ``But the more I thought about it, the more I thought he should have fielded it. I make mistakes like everybody else, but I think I called it a hit too quick.″
Collier was also involved in another controversy on April 21 when he credited Tony Gwynn with a seventh-inning double on a ball that glanced off left fielder Ryan Klesko’s glove. John Smoltz of the Braves was working on a no-hitter at the time and finished by allowing just that one hit in eight innings.
Caminiti made an outstanding backhanded play on the next Expos batter, David Segui, to preserve Sanders’ no-hit bid.
Segui was also robbed in the seventh while leading off on a backhanded stop by shortstop Chris Gomez.
Fletcher was the only other Expo to reach base through six innings, drawing a one-out walk in the second. He was erased when Cliff Floyd followed with a fielder’s choice.
Notes: The Padres took a half-game lead over the idle Dodgers in the NL West. ... Caminiti hit 26 homers in his first year with the Padres in 1995. He has four career grand slams, including two this year, the first coming April 6 at Houston. He had a career-high eight RBI on Sept. 19, 1995, against Colorado... Martinez made his shortest start since going two-thirds of an inning June 20, 1995 against Houston. He allowed five runs and six hits that game. ... Henry Rodriguez served the final game of his four-game suspension for his involvement in an Aug. 12 fight against Houston. ... Rickey Henderson made just his fourth start in 11 games since Tony Gwynn returned to the Padres lineup from a heel injury. ... Shane Andrews of the Expos will likely miss the three-game series with a lacerated right thumb.