SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) --
should start thinking about a permanent switch to the rotation.
Making his first start in nearly two years, Biddle worked five strong innings as the
posted a 4-0 victory over the
Biddle began the season as the Expos' closer, a role in which he struggled. He converted 11 of 14 saves but entered this contest with an 0-4 record and 8.13 ERA in 35 appearances.
Starting for the first time since September 25, 2002 while with the
Chicago White Sox
, Biddle looked like a different pitcher as he allowed just two singles. He walked one and struck out three.
"I felt comfortable pitching tonight, I pitched like I didn't have anything to lose," Biddle said. "Everybody played flawless and made things easy for me."
"I was very pleasantly surprised (by Biddle's performance), just the way he went about it, very outstanding on his part," Expos manager
said. "He had a nice easy motion, didn't overthrow, like he was just playing catch."
Three relievers yielded two hits over the final four innings.
had an RBI single in the fourth and
delivered the big blow, a two-run double in the seventh that gave the Expos a 3-0 lead.
Carroll was starting in place of regular second baseman
, who missed his fourth straight game with a sore knee.
"You don't worry about Jamey out there in the field (either), he's not going to embarrass you," Robinson said.
(4-6) gave up four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Wells was left frustrated by Carroll's looping double.
"I gave up like a jam shot," Wells said. "If it was a few feet shorter they could've caught it. I don't have any answers for why things went the way they did, it's just unfortunate. It's obviously frustrating, the most frustrated I've been."