MONTREAL (Ticker) --
did not last long in his first major league start.
Filling in for the injured
, Valentine retired just three batters as the
had a five-game road winning streak snapped with a 6-2 loss to the
(3-5) yielded two runs - one earned - and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to help the Expos win for just the second time in 10 games. Ohka went 3-0 with a 1.51 in five May starts after going 0-5 with a 5.13 ERA in five April outings.
"Ohka was all right," Expos manager
said. "He wasn't his dominating-type self, but when you go out and you only give up two runs against a very good-hitting ballclub, you've done the job. No matter how you do it, it's the results."
Cincinnati scored an unearned run in the top of the first on a throwing error by shortstop
, but Montreal countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good.
led off with a walk, advanced to second on a groundout by
and, after a walk to Cabrera, scored on a double by
plated Cabrera with a groundout.
Valentine escaped further trouble when he intentionally walked
to load the bases to get to Ohka, whom Robinson batted eighth. Ohka then fouled out to end the inning.
"It wasn't just a fly-by-night thing, it was thought out a little bit," said Robinson, who batted
ninth. "The first thing I heard after (Ohka) hit with the bases loaded with two outs was, 'Nice positioning, Robinson.' Ha, ha, ha, here we go, but it served the purpose of what it was done for and I think we got some benefits today."
"I was a little shocked to see that," Schneider said. "I was happy to move into the seventh spot, then I saw Ohka behind me, so I just figured like it was the regular eight hole with the pitcher behind me. I see what Frank's idea was, with the way the pitcher's been coming up. He tried something new and it worked. Maybe he's going to stick with it, we'll wait and see."
Ohka went 0-for-2 to slip to .105 this season, while Carroll went 1-for-3 and improved to .261.
"I didn't mind (batting eighth) at all," Ohka said through an interpreter.
Valentine (0-1) was pulled in favor of
after allowing an infield single to Carroll leading off the second and issuing a walk to Wilkerson - his fifth. After Chavez sacrificed, Cabrera made it 3-1 with a run-scoring groundout.
" (Valentine) didn't seem nervous," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "I didn't talk to him, but the guy seemed fine. (But) we were obviously expecting getting more out of Joe."
Valentine - a reliever in the minor leagues who had made two relief stints for the Reds last season - was recalled from Class AAA Louisville before the game to start for Wilson, who is suffering from a tight right groin.
"(It was) just short days' rest," Valentine said. "On my normal days, I would have gone tomorrow. I think it's a bunch of factors. I thought when I got called back up to the big leagues, I wouldn't be starting, so that it was probably another thing that I creeped in there."
Sledge added an RBI single in the fourth and Wilkerson a solo homer against
in the fifth to open a 5-1 cushion. After a solo homer by Cincinnati's
Wily Mo Pena
in the seventh, Chavez capped the scoring with a leadoff shot against
in the eighth.
The Expos walked a season-high 10 times.
"It's a problem we didn't have this season," Miley said. "It's obviously the key. Their command was better than us."