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Jones, Expos Rout Dodgers 9-0


Jeremy Powell has made a good impression on his manager.

Powell combined with two relievers on a two-hitter and rookie Terry Jones homered and drove in four runs Thursday as the Montreal Expos pounded former teammate Carlos Perez in a 9-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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  • "Great pitching by Powell," said Expos manager Felipe Alou. "That's the key to playing a good ballgame, great pitching. You could see the other club, while Carlos was in control, they played well. After he lost it, it was downhill."

    Powell (1-1) allowed only a one-out single to Trenidad Hubbard in the first and a leadoff single to Eric Young in the sixth -- his last inning -- in getting his first win in his second major league start.

    "It's a good feeling," Powell said. "It's always good to win. I just wanted to go out there and compete, and keep my team in the ballgame and go deep in the game, keep my pitch count down and everything worked out for me. They were putting the ball in play and the defense made some good plays."

    Powell, who struck out three and walked one, has allowed one earned run in 12 innings over his two starts.

    Mike Maddux pitched two perfect innings and Anthony Telford pitched the ninth for Montreal's third shutout of the season.

    Jones opened the fifth with his first major league homer, a shot off Perez (7-11), who was traded to Los Angeles last week. Jones cleared the bases in the sixth with a double to the right-field corner, giving the Expos a 9-0 lead.

    "I was thinking triple all the way and then I heard the fireworks go off," Jones said. "I said `Oh, that's a home run!' It got out ... I couldn't believe it."

    Mike Mordecai hit a two-run homer off Perez in the fourth and Bob Henley drove in three runs as Montreal won its fourth straight.

    Perez allowed seven runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He struck out three in his second start for the Dodgers since being acquired in last week's seven-player deal between the teams.

    "When you face your ex-team so fast in the season, as soon as you get traded, they know what you have and they know what kind of pitch you throw, no matter what situation," Perez said.

    The crowd of 11,791 greeted Perez with warm applause when he came to the plate with one out in the third and again when he left the game in the sixth. Perez tipped his cap as he left the field.

    Orlando Cabrera singled to lead off the fourth, a shot through Perez's legs and off the top of the mound into center. Wilton Guerrero then reached on a bunt up the first-base line.

    Perez got two outs before Henley lined a ball to left-center that just got past center fielder Hubbard and rolled all the way to the wall for his first career extra-base hit, scoring Cabrera and Guerrero.

    Mordecai put the Expos up 4-0 when he homered on Perez's next pitch.

    Notes

  • Hubbard was hit by pitches in the third and sixth innings.
  • Montreal third baseman Shane Andrews missed his third straight start with a pulled right hamstring. He is expected to be ready for this weekend's series with Arizona.
  • Charles Johnson hit a foul ball out of the stadium in the fifth before flying out to left.

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