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Dodgers Down Expos, 10-5

Mike Judd tried to keep a level head after posting his first win in the majors.

Judd won his first big league start and Gary Sheffield hit his 20th homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of five errors to beat the Montreal Expos 10-5 Thursday.

Making his first appearance of the season for the Dodgers, Judd allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, giving up Vladimir Guerrero's solo homer and Shane Andrews' three-run drive.

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  • "It was only one game," Judd said. "I've had good outings and the next time, bad. Now I've got to worry about the next outing, just try to do the same thing I did this time."

    Judd, 8-7 with a 6.67 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque, struck out three and walked two. This was his first career decision in the majors.

    "I liked the way he was working," Dodgers manager Davey Johnson said. "I liked the way he spotted and he had good command. He read the hitters pretty good. He seems like a smart kid and he made some adjustments."

    Sheffield, who went 2-for-4 with a walk, hit a two-run shot off Dustin Hermanson (5-11) in the seventh. Sheffield scored three runs and was thrown out at the plate trying to score another as the Dodgers won for the fifth time in six games.

    Guerrero, who went 2-for-4, singled leading off the second to extend his career-high hitting streak to 16 games.

    Raul Mondesi, benched for the previous two games, was 1-for-5, a day after asking for a trade during a profanity-filled tirade criticizing Johnson and gneral manager Kevin Malone.

    Mondesi did not comment after the game. But in a press release issued by the Dodgers following the game, Mondesi apologized to Malone, Johnson, his teammates and Dodgers fans for his remarks Wednesday.

    With two outs in the first, Sheffield reached safely on shortstop Geoff Blum's two-base error and scored on a single by Eric Karros, his 15th RBI in five games.

    After Guerrero's 26th homer in the fourth tied it, the Dodgers took advantage of some sloppy defense to take a 4-1 lead in the sixth.

    Sheffield drew a one-out walk and stole second. Karros walked, Sheffield stole third and scored the go-ahead run as catcher Michael Barrett dropped the throw home on Mondesi's grounder to third.

    Todd Hollandsworth followed with an RBI single and Mondesi also scored as the ball got past left fielder Orlando Merced for an error.

    Hermanson, who had won his previous two starts after a 14-game winless streak, allowed six runs three earned and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

    "It was a pretty ugly game," Hermanson said. "It's kind of hard when you give a team extra outs and you have to pitch to extra people but there's a couple of times I think I could have done a better job."

    Montreal closed to 6-4 in the seventh on Andrews' ninth homer, which chased Judd.

    Los Angeles added a pair of runs in the eighth on Paul LoDuca's sacrifice fly and Mark Grudzielanek's RBI single. LoDuca added a two-run single in the ninth.


  • Judd had a 12.21 ERA in eight previous relief appearances for the Dodgers in 1997-98.
  • Los Angeles went 6-4 on its longest road trip this year. It was the Dodgers' third winning trip this season.
  • Karros was 9-for-12 (.750) with runners in scoring position on the trip with 13 RBIs.
  • Barrett, who made two errors, was charged with a throwing error and a putout on the same play. Sheffield singled with two outs in the third and Barrett tried to pick him off at first but his throw went to the right-field corner. Sheffield tried for home but was thrown out by Guerrero on a close play at the plate.
  • Guerrero's 13th assist moved him into third place among NL outfielders.
  • The Expos have made a major league high 116 errors.

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