- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2001


MONTREAL (AP) In front of the smallest Olympic Stadium crowd in 17 years, Brad Penny pitched seven scoreless innings for his first win in nearly three months as the Florida Marlins beat the Montreal Expos 3-1 last night.
The announced crowd of 2,917 was Montreal's smallest since drawing 2,803 for a weekday afternoon game against St. Louis on Sept. 27, 1984.
Only 3,013 fans turned out Monday night, when baseball resumed after a six-day stoppage.
Preston Wilson homered twice, and Cliff Floyd hit his 30th of the season for Florida.
Penny (8-9), whose last win came against Montreal on June 26, scattered seven hits and didn't allow a walk while striking out six. He was 0-8 in his last 11 starts after getting off to a 7-1 start.
Antonio Alfonseca pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 31 opportunities, allowing Brad Wilkerson's two-out RBI single.
Wilson hit his 20th homer off Mike Thurman (8-11) leading off the second to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games. He is within one game of his career-best streak set in 1999.
Wilson hit his second homer of the game in the ninth off Scott Strickland.
Floyd reached 30 homers for the first time in his career when he connected with two outs in the sixth to make it 2-0.
Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero matched his career high with four hits. He singled off Penny in each of his first three at-bats and doubled off Braden Looper in the eighth for his seventh four-hit game.
Both benches were warned when Thurman hit Wilson with a pitch following Floyd's homer.
Expos manager Jeff Torborg ran from the dugout to argue with plate umpire Jerry Crawford, who first warned the Montreal dugout.
Monday night, Expos ace Javier Vazquez was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Ryan Dempster. Vazquez will miss the rest of the season with a fractured eye socket.
Thurman allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Notes It was Wilson's fourth two-homer game of the season, and the seventh of his career… . Wilson is hitting .409 (18-for-44) with a double, a triple, six homers and 13 RBI during his hitting streak… . The Expos received their shipment of American flags for their fans one day late. All ticketholders were given a flag as they entered the stadium… . Vazquez, who went into Monday night's game on a six-game winning streak, was voted the NL's pitcher of the month for August. He was 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA since June 15 and 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in September. Vazquez finishes the season 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 32 starts. He had 208 strikeouts in 223-2/3 innings.

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