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Updated: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 11:53 PM EDT
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MONTREAL 7, ARIZONA 3
 

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- John Patterson gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a taste of what they gave away.

Patterson, who was traded from Arizona this offseason, worked 6 2/3 strong innings to lead the Montreal Expos to a 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

In his first start against his former team, Patterson threw six scoreless innings before departing in the seventh. He finished allowing three runs - two earned - and six hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

The win was his first since defeating the New York Mets in his season debut April 10.

"It felt good," Patterson said. "The team played really well and (Montreal catcher Brian Schneider ) and I worked really good tonight."

Schneider felt the win was an important one for Patterson.

"He's been pitching well but only going five, 5 1/3 (innings) and tonight, we got him into the seventh, which was big," Schneider said. "And it's a big game for him because it's against his old team."

The Expos, who have won 11 of their last 14 home games, got all the runs they needed in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jose Vidro singled in a run and Tony Batista had an RBI groundout to make it 2-0.

After Arizona starter Brandon Webb (4-14) issued a pair of walks to load the bases, Schneider hit his second career grand slam for a 6-0 cushion.

"I was looking for his sinker, which is his best pitch," Schneider said. "I got fortunate and got the bat head out and caught the ball good."

Nick Johnson added a run-scoring double in the sixth to cap the scoring for Montreal.

Webb gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out three. He has lost three straight starts and is 1-9 in his last 12 outings. "It seemed like the first three innings kind of flew by," Webb said. "I really lost my command (in the fourth). I don't know if it was focus, but it really didn't feel good coming out. I was all around the strike zone."

"He was doing fine," Arizona interim manager Al Pedrique said. "He had good movement on his fastball and got a lot of ground balls and then the one inning hurt him."

Pedrique was more concerned with the Diamondbacks' offense, which has managed just 16 runs during a six-game losing streak.

"I know we are a young team, but I don't want to use that as an excuse anymore," he said. "We still have to find a way to compete and find a way to get something going."

Danny Bautista had three hits and scored a run for the Diamondbacks, who fell to 0-5 vs. the Expos and 9-43 in their last 52 games.


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