Wagner (1-1) worked two scoreless innings and got
on a comebacker to begin the 10th. But Macias sent an 0-2 pitch from the hard-throwing lefthander over the left field fence for his first home run of the season.
"I was only looking for a hittable picth to try to get on base," Macias said. "I got a fastball right there, hit it in a good spot, the ball carried. I know he throws a pretty good fastball and I was looking for it the whole time."
Wagner did not go more than two innings in any of his 75 appearances last season and had throw more than one inning in just two of his 11 prior outings this year. He threw just 18 pitches in the eighth and ninth innings.
"I knew I was going to go back out there, for whatever reason I knew I had to get through the third," Wagner said about pitching in the 10th. "And if I had gotten through that with a low pitch count I'd have probably pitched a fourth. I'm not going to say that's the way it's gone cause we should have won that game. We played hard and I made a mistake. He hit a good fastball that I was trying to go in that went middle up and he got enough of it."
It was the third time this year that Montreal ended a game with a homer.
(2-1), Montreal's sixth pitcher, allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning for the win as the Expos improved to 4-1 at Olympic Stadium.
"We had only one pitcher left and I wouldn't have gone more than two innings with Biddle," Expos manager
said. "(T.J.) Tucker would've had to suck it up, but we don't have to think about that. That's the beauty of that home run."
had an impressive major league debut for the Expos. The 23-year-old righthander went six innings, allowing one run and two hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.
"I'm felling good, I waited a long time for this," Vargas said. "This team gave me the opportunity to picth in the big leagues. Today I was comfortable, a little bit of nerves in the first but after that I felt relaxed on the mound."
Vargas was recalled from Class AAA Edmonton on Thursday, when righthander Tony Armas Jr. was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.
homered and became the second player in Astros history to reach the 2,000-hit plateau with a single in the top of the 10th.
also was solid in his first career start after 45 relief appearances. The 26-year-old righthander went 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits with a strikeout.
Bagwell gave the Astros the lead with two outs in the third when he sent Vargas' 1-0 offering over the left field wall for his ninth home run, tying him with Cincinnati's
for the National League lead. It was Bagwell's 389th career homer, moving him into a tie with Hall of Famer and former Reds catcher
for 39th place on the all-time list.
Linebrink had faced the minimum number of batters when Macias led off the sixth with a base hit to left. Macias moved to second when Linebrink uncorked a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout by
"He pitched a strong game for us," Astros manager
said about Linebrink. "We weren't really doing much against their pitcher, just Bagwell's home run. I don't think he'd even thrown 60 pitches going into the sixth inning. He was still throwing good, but the guy got the hit, there was a wild pitch, then a ground ball so we made the change."
doubled to the wall in left to lead off the eighth for Houston and
followed with a single. Ayala struck out
before Ausmus grounded into a forceout, scoring Berkman to tie the game, 2-2. Joey Eieschen came on to get Vizcaino on a comebacker and retired the side in order in the ninth.