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Dustin Hermanson wanted to make sure the Padres hadn't forgotten him.

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  • took a shutout into the ninth and Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run, first-inning homer Monday to lead the Montreal Expos over San Diego 6-1.

    Hermanson, traded by San Diego to Florida in November 1996, matched his season high with eight strikeouts and walked four, allowing four hits in 8 2-3 innings. With two outs in the ninth, Greg Myers hit an RBI single, and Steve Kline replaced Hermanson (9-9) for the final out.

    "I expect to have those afternoons every time, but sometimes they don't turn out that way," Hermanson said. "It is my former parent team and I wanted to show them that they shouldn't have gotten rid of me. I just went out there and pitched my game and had a great time."

    Tony Gwynn went 2-for-3 with a walk, raising his hits total to 2,901 and his average to .324. He is 16-for-30 (.533) in his last seven games.

    "I knew that if I got a hit it was 2,900 but this whole road trip I've just been trying to concentrate on getting my mechanics right," Gwynn said. "This whole trip I've hit the ball good and my mechanics have been consistent."

    Guerrero, selected NL player of July, went 1-for-2 and was intentionally walked twice.

    "I've been spreading the word about Guerrero being a real nice kid and a gentleman because I don't ant anybody to hit him," Montreal manager Felipe Alou said. "There are two things you do when a guy is hot. You either walk him or you hit him. They chose to walk him, and we appreciate it very much."

    Guerrero was 9-for-15 (.600) in the four-game series with nine RBIs, and is hitting .420 (42-for-100) with 12 homers and 33 RBIs since the All-Star break.

    "That's as impressive hitting as I've seen in a while," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's quite a player. That kid is going to have one heck of a future. He's already started and he's definitely going to be one of the best in the league."

    Brian Boehringer (5-2), making his first start of the season, allowed five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in four innings. He was starting because Joey Hamilton was in San Diego with his wife Angie, due to deliver their first child.

    Montreal went ahead in the first when Terry Jones led off with an infield single and Guerrero homered with two outs.

    Jones hit an RBI grounder with the bases loaded in the second, Wilton Guerrero hit a run-scoring single and Shane Andrews followed with a sacrifice fly.

    Montreal added an unearned run in the seventh on a throwing error by third baseman Ken Caminiti, his second error of the game and 18th this season.

    Notes:

  • Jones made a nice running catch in the seventh, ranging a long way to left center to track down Myers' sinking liner.
  • Andrews hit his second straight double in the seventh and pulled his right hamstring as he rounded first. Mike Mordecai pinch ran.
  • Guerrero is the first Expo to be named NL Player of the Month since Hubie Brooks in September 1989.

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