Guzman homered in the third inning off Pirates starter
(5-7), squeaking a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence. It was his first homer since August 9, 2001, when he was with the
Guzman has hit in 11 straight games since being recalled from Class AAA Edmonton on June 7. He is batting .350 (14-for-40) during the streak while filling in for injured superstar
"He's been a very pleasant surprise," Expos manager
said. "Offensively, we knew he had a pretty good bat, but we didn't know whether he was going to have that success back here. He hits the ball where it's pitched and he showed tonight that he can turn on the ball inside."
Vargas (4-3) was impressive in winning for the first time in his last three starts. The righthander struck out two, walked one and departed after throwing 90 pitches.
"Today, I think was my best game," Vargas said. "I K'd only two, but it doesn't matter."
pitched a hitless ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
"I'm just trying to do my job and do it to the best of my ability," Biddle said. "And try not to blow games."
Led by Vargas and Biddle, the Expos recorded their National League-leading seventh shutout.
Suppan allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. The righthander issued three walks and struck out three.
"He certainly gave the innings we need, considering our bullpen shape," Pirates manager
said. "We need to rest our bullpen and he certainly came up big for us."
Schneider, who entered the game hitless in his last seven at-bats, went 2-for-3.
"I'm one of the guys that's been struggling," Schneider said. "I'm just trying to put the ball in play and get something going. If the ball hits the gap, it's a big lift for the team and hopefully gives Vargas some confidence, not that he needed it tonight."
added an RBI single and made a spectacular diving stop at second base in the ninth inning.
Pittsburgh lost for the 12th time in its last 19 games.