MIAMI (Ticker) --
threw eight strong innings to lead the
to a 6-2 victory over the
in the first game of a doubleheader.
Patterson (4-5) allowed two runs and six hits to snap a personal three-game losing streak in his longest outing of the season. He struck out seven without allowing a walk.
"I felt really relaxed out there and let my arm do the work," Patterson said. "Sometimes I try to overthrow but I stayed within myself and that was a key. I was ahead in the count the whole way."
"With John, it's just a matter of trusting himself and throwing strikes," Expos manager
said. "He's got good stuff, it's a matter of believing in his ability."
The win halted a five-game road losing streak for Montreal, which has two more games at Florida before moving on to Philadelphia for a three-game series with the Phillies.
led off the first inning with his 29th home run. After reaching on a throwing error by first baseman
in the seventh, he scored on a balk by Marlins starter
to give the Expos a 4-1 lead.
hit his first major league home run in the sixth inning and
added a two-run shot in the ninth for Montreal, which improved to 3-0 in its last three games at Pro Player Stadium.
tied the score at 1-1 with an RBI single in the second inning and hit his 16th homer in the seventh for Florida, which was held to fewer than six runs for the first time in four games.
Pavano (17-6) had a five-game winning streak snapped, giving up four runs - three earned - and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"It's nice to beat him because he's been very tough on us," Robinson said about Pavano.
Pavano, who began his career with the Expos in 1998 and spent four seasons with the club, entered Wednesday's contest with a 5-1 record and a 2.08 ERA in 11 appearances against Montreal.
"It wasn't really a bad outing, but it wasn't his usual outing either," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said about Pavano. "He didn't do a bad job, he will bounce back just like this team will."