MONTREAL (Ticker) -- For the
, it was a case of too little, too late.
pitched seven superb innings as Florida snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the
Making his 25th start of the season, Beckett (8-9) allowed a run and just four hits. In winning for just the fourth time in 11 starts since the All-Star break, Beckett struck out eight and walked two.
"It's just getting strike one," Beckett said. "I wasn't really behind in the count. They don't tend to get as good a swing if they don't know a fastball is coming."
It was just the fourth win for a Florida starter in the last 15 games.
"It feels good to win one. I didn't think it was ever going to happen," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "He pitched a great game - no question. He throws that ball right by those guys. He's got that kind of stuff."
In the fourth inning,
slugged a 2-2 pitch from starter
(4-5) into the right field seats to give Florida a 1-0 edge.
followed with back-to-back singles before
lifted a sacrifice fly.
capped the three-run outburst with a two-out single.
"The first three innings he (Patterson) was getting ahead of hitters and finishing them off," Montreal manager
said. "Then all of sudden, he started missing and he got himself in trouble. Then they scored off of him and that was the ballgame."
Montreal answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, but
Paul Lo Duca
had an RBI double in the fifth.
pitched the eighth and
followed with a perfect ninth to notch his career-high 45th save of the season.
Patterson surrendered four runs and nine hits in six innings.
The Expos began what could be their final series at Olympic Stadium in front of just 3,923 fans.
"I think that's in the back of a lot of fans minds," Patterson said. "We respect the ones that want to come out and watch us play, but I don't think we were expecting more."
"I don't think anybody pays attention. It's been going on for three or four years," McKeon said. "You'd like to see more fans, I don't think it bothers the players though because they're used to it."