MIAMI (Ticker) --
got his sophomore season off to a solid start.
Vargas allowed an unearned run and four hits in six innings and
homered as the
After a season in which he was one of just eight rookies in the league to make 20 starts, Vargas moved into the No. 2 spot in the rotation following the offseason trade of
. In his first outing in the role, he looked the part, walking three and striking out four.
"I worked my fastball with both sides of the plate," said Vargas, who gave up 12 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings vs. Florida in 2003. "I threw a couple of sliders good. I don't feel stronger, but I feel good."
"Vargas (had) just an outstanding six innings," Expos manager
said. "He was in command except for the second inning, but he got himself out of that jam. He gave us exactly what we needed against a guy that we don't have too much luck with."
combined on a hitless seventh,
allowed a homer to
in the eighth and
worked the ninth for his first save.
Bentz, a 23-year-old native of Seward, Alaska who was born without a fully developed right hand, made his major league debut by getting
to ground out for the second out of the seventh.
followed with a bloop single but Bentz got
to ground out to end the inning.
"He just went out there very composed, like he had been out there for 20 years, and did the job I wanted him to do," Robinson added. "He wants to be treated like everybody else."
Vargas got early offensive support from Everett, who had a two-run homer in the opening inning and Cabrera, who hit a solo shot off Florida starter
(0-1) in the sixth.
"It was a fastball down the middle," said Cabrera, who set a team record for homers by a shortstop last season with 17. "I didn't hit it that good, but it was enough to go out over the fence."
Cabrera was 2-for-33 lifetime against Penny with no RBI prior to his sixth inning shot.
"It seems like he always dominates us," Cabrera said. "His curveball wasn't working too good today. That's his game. When his curveball is working, his fastball looks like it's 100 miles an hour. Today you could just look for the fastball because his breaking pitch wasn't working."
Penny allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings. He walked one, struck out six and fell to 10-3 lifetime against Montreal.
"Those balls got out of the park and that's the game," Penny said. "I threw a few good (curves), but I just wasn't snapping it off."
Montreal won in Miami for just the second time in 12 games.