Brian Schneider hit a three-run homer, and the Montreal Expos connected four times off Jose Lima in beating the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-3, last night.
Montreal manager Frank Robinson, a Hall of Fame player who spent six of his
21 seasons as a player with the Orioles, got his 900th career victory as a
manager. That ranks 55th all-time, with two former Orioles now ahead of
Robinson - Paul Richards (923) and Mike Hargrove (925).
And Schneider gave him a game ball.
"I didn't know why he was handing it to me," Robinson said. "I looked
around at the board and it said `900,' which means you've been around a long
time, that's all."
The NL West-leading Dodgers fell to 1-2 on their season-high 13-game road
trip. Brad Wilkerson hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, and ex-Oriole
Tony Batista and Juan Rivera later homered off Lima (11-4).
Batista was hit in the helmet in the seventh by a pitch from reliever
Duaner Sanchez, who was immediately ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons.
The sound of the impact was heard throughout Olympic Stadium, and the crowd
of 7,570 hushed while Expos trainer Tim Abraham sprinted from the dugout to
attend to Batista, who lay facedown in the batter's box.
The crowd cheered as Batista got to his feet and pumped his arms in the
air, and then roared when he sprinted to first base.