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Updated: Sunday, August 22, 2004 9:41 PM EDT
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MONTREAL 8, COLORADO 2
 

DENVER (Ticker) -- Juan Rivera had a big day at the plate and John Patterson got a rare win as the Montreal Expos posted an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Rivera went 4-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored as Montreal banged out 14 hits. The win gave the Expos their first series win at Coors Field since May 11-13, 2001.

"Any time you come into someone's park and win on the road, it's big," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "It's tough to win on the road and this is not a good park for the visiting team to come into. But we're going home with a win."

Montreal scored two runs in the first and plated runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth - all with two outs. The Expos put the game out of reach with three more runs in the eighth.

Patterson (3-2) won for only the second time in his last 11 starts. The righthander pitched six innings, allowing one run and four hits with four strikeouts. He was 1-2 in his previous 10 starts.

"I pitched really well today," Patterson said. "I didn't give them many balls over the plate to hit and I just tried to make them pull the ball. If you stay aggressive like that you're going to get some outs."

"He was really good, and I think he got over the hump today," Robinson said. "I thought he had good location and good control of his pitches. He was hitting his spots most of the day and if you do that you can be effective."

Colorado's Jason Jennings (11-11) had trouble with his command, surrendering four runs and eight hits in five innings. Jennings walked six and struck out four.

"It was a battle all day long, but it was the best I had," Jennings said. "It was just one of those days when I wasn't really on top of my game and I was fortunate to get out of some of the situations I got out of. It was just a battle all game."

Colorado completed a 2-4 homestand and now leaves Coors Field for a 12-game road trip.

"We didn't play smart baseball and we couldn't put our bullpen and our starting pitcher together," Hurdle said. "For me it was embarrassing week. It was an embarrassing week for the ballclub here at home."


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