MONTREAL (Ticker) -- After a rare offensive outburst, the
Kennedy allowed only one hit in six innings as the
posted a 2-0 win over the Expos, who were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Saddled with the worst record in the major leagues at 7-21, Montreal routed the Rockies, 10-4, Tuesday in its biggest output of the season.
"I felt strong and good and it showed," Kennedy said. "Command-wise with the fastball and slider, it was my best game. I kept them off balance and was able to throw the ball where I wanted."
provided all the offense Kennedy, the Rockies' hottest pitcher, needed with a two-run double off
in the seventh inning.
The hit made a winner of Kennedy (4-0), who gave up just a single to
in the second. He walked two and struck out six while lowering his ERA to 2.23.
"I knew he was pitching a great game, a one-hitter," Sweeney said. "If no one's on, he's hitting there."
The Expos threatened after Kennedy left, stranding seven runners in the last three innings. They loaded the bases with one out in he eighth off
worked out of trouble by getting
to pop up and
to fly out.
In the ninth,
gave up singles to Rivera and rookie
struck out after failing to get down a bunt. Chacon also struck out pinch hitter
, then got
to line out to left fielder
, securing his seventh save.
"We didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had," Expos manager
said. "Kennedy had pretty good stuff out there. He had a very good breaking ball and a sneaky fastball. But we had opportunities and we just didn't get hits at the right time."
Day (2-3) matched Kennedy until the seventh, when he gave up a one-out double to Holliday. With the pitcher's spot up next, the Expos intentionally walked fellow rookie
Looking for offense, Rockies manager
went to his bench and the move paid off as Sweeney doubled to deep center field.
"We've got a pitch count and our guy was pitching on three days' rest," Hurdle said. "If we went three-up, three-down, we would have sent him back out there and stretched one more inning out of him."
"Day didn't give me too much to hit on that at-bat," Sweeney added. "I was trying to see a strike and drive the ball. I was hoping for something elevated."
Day pitched well enough to win, scattering seven hits in seven innings.
"There's pressure," Day said. "You get one hit and you pitch around a guy because one run might win the game. It's (lack of offense) tough, but you try to battle through it."