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Padres' Ashby wins No. 15

Gwynn's homer triggers 4-1 win over Expos

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Posted: Sunday August 02, 1998 04:32 PM


MONTREAL (AP) -- Andy Ashby tied for the major-league lead with his 15th victory and Tony Gwynn hit a two-run homer as the San Diego Padres beat the Montreal Expos 4-1 Sunday.

Ashby (15-6) won for his 10th in his last 12 decisions, holding the Expos to one run on six hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked one while tying Boston's Pedro Martinez and the Yankees' David Cone for the most wins in the majors.

It was Ashby's first win in six career decisions against Montreal.

Ken Caminiti and Greg Myers hit solo homers in the sixth for NL West-leading San Diego.

Caminiti hit his 20th homer on Javier Vazquez's (3-10) first pitch of the inning to tie the game 1-1. After Wally Joyner's flied out to the warning track in center, Myers hit his third homer of the season down the right-field line.

Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save.


Gwynn put the Padres ahead 4-1 with his 11th homer of the season with two out in the seventh.

Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI single. He is hitting .412 (40-for-97) with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 25 games since the All-Star break.

Guerrero singled off Ashby with two out in the first to drive home his brother Wilton from second.

Wilton, who was acquired from Los Angeles on Friday in the seven-player trade that sent Carlos Perez and Mark Grudzielanek to the Dodgers, beat out a grounder to shortstop Chris Gomez for a one-out infield single in his first at-bat with the Expos.

Guerrero advanced to second on Derrick May's hit-and-run grounder to second baseman Quilvio Veras and came home on Vladimir's sharply hit grounder past Ashby into center.

Vazquez went seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, including three homers. He has lost four straight decisions.

Notes: Gwynn went 1-for-4 to snap a streak of five straight multiple-hit games. Gwynn, who is one shy of 2,900 career hits, had seven consecutive multi-hit games in July 1995. ... San Diego slugger Greg Vaughn, who has been limited to four hits in his last 36 at-bats (.111), was given a rest by manager Bruce Bochy. ... Wilton Guerrero wore uniform No. 4. "It's my favorite number," Guerrero said. "I used it in the minors and in the Dominican [Republic]." The number wasn't available to him with the Dodgers, who had retired it in honor of Hall-of-Famer Duke Snider. ... May made a nice sliding catch on Tony Gwynn's sinking liner to left.


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