MONTREAL (Ticker) --
's golf game apparently helped him on the mound.
Hernandez pitched seven strong innings for his first win in over a month as the Expos posted a 5-2 victory over the
Entering the contest 0-5 in his last six starts since beating Arizona on May 16, Hernandez (4-7) had to battle to break back into the win column. The Cuban righthander allowed two runs and four hits, walking five and striking out four.
"I played some golf yesterday, 36 holes," Hernandez said. "And I wanted to do something different because when there's a day where there's no work, you've got to do something. I woke up five o'clock in the morning. I came back at 10 o'clock last night. I said, 'if something happens tomorrow, it's going to happen.' I pitched good today and won the game. I'm not doing it again."
"He did very good," Expos catcher
said. "He got out of a tough inning when he (
) left early (in the fourth). I was just glad we could hold the lead late and get a win for him."
Despite Hernandez's impressive 3.37 ERA, the Expos won for just the fourth time in his 16 starts this season.
"He's a good pitcher," Phillies manager
said. "If you check his innings pitched, hits and strikeouts, the only thing bad is his win-loss record."
Hernandez also helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double.
worked the eighth and
retired the side in order in the ninth for his third save.
gave the Expos an early lead, opening the bottom of the first with a homer. He went 3-for-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle and scored twice.
also had a solo homer among his three hits for the Expos, who have won three straight games. Baseball's worst offensive team, the Expos have scored scored at least four runs in six straight games.
"We're starting to put some things together and starting to look like the team we thought we would be coming out of spring training," Expos manager
said. "We're not going to run anybody off the field with our offense but we need to take advantage of the opportunities we have."
(5-4) surrendered five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Burrell hit a solo homer and
knocked in a run with a groundout for Philadelphia, which lost for just the third time in 17 meetings with Montreal.
Phillies right fielder
was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.