SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) --
again had his way with the
, and he had plenty of help from
Penny struck out 10 in eight innings and Cabrera hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs as the
continued their strong start with a 5-0 blanking of the Expos.
The Marlins have won five straight games and are 6-1 overall, their best start since winning eight of nine to open the 1997 season.
Penny (1-1) avenged a loss to Montreal last week at Pro Player Stadium and improved to 11-3 against the Expos since making his major league debut in 2000. Since the start of that season, no pitcher has defeated the Expos more than Penny.
New York Mets
is second with eight wins.
"I was locked in early," Penny said. "I didn't have my best fastball, but I was making pitches on the outside corner. Nobody has lost yet and you don't want to have the only two losses on the team."
Penny allowed just two hits - singles to
in the fourth and
in the sixth - and walked just one.
allowed two hits in the ninth.
"That's the best game I've seen him pitch in a long time," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "He had outstanding stuff and complete command."
Cabrera opened the scoring with a two-out homer to right field in the first inning.
"We didn't do anything out there," Expos manager
said. "The game was over in the first inning."
Montreal was shut out for the second time and has a mere 10 runs in seven games this season.
"We're not really giving ourselves a chance of winning a ballgame," first baseman
said. "It's not very much fun now."
The Marlins added to their lead in the third when
doubled, went to third on an error by center fielder Bergeron and scored on a single by Cabrera.
Cabrera hit his fifth homer of the season to lead off the sixth.
"I'll take those," Cabrera said. "We need to keep working, because our staff is pitching good and we need to support that."
Both of his homers came off
(1-1), who defeated Penny last week but lasted just six innings Tuesday, allowing four runs - three earned - and six hits.
The Marlins added another run in the inning when
reached on a two-base error by right fielder Everett and scored on a single by
Pierre, who had three hits, made it 5-0 with an RBI single in the ninth.