Tim Raines and Andre Dawson each drove in two runs in a four-run fourth inning to lead the Montreal Expos to a 7-3 victory over the Cubs yesterday in Chicago.
All four runs in the inning were unearned and were yielded by loser Dickie Noles. Winner Bill Gullickson gave up eight hits, struck out eight and walked none as Montreal won its second game in as many tries this season; Montreal pitchers have pitched complete games in both victories.
The Expos have won nine in a row from the Cubs and 10 straight at Wrigley Field.
"When you're on the road and you know you're coming in here and the wind may be blowing out, with our type of club, it's going to help," said Dawson.
Dawson was encouraged enough by the victory to make this observation: "In the past I've picked the teams we had to beat. But this time, I think the rest of the (East) division has to chase us."
He continued: "We feel we have a decent starting rotation and that they can get the job done. There is no question about our capabilities on offense. Give us an opening and we'll take advantage."
"They (the Cubs) scored two runs in the third they shouldn't have gotten but our guys came back with four," he said. "That's the kind of club that we've got--we're gonna pick up everyone."
Chicago led, 2-1, when the Expos' Warren Cromartie led off the fourth by reaching on second baseman Ryne Sandberg's throwing error. Cromartie stole second and went to third on a single by Doug Flynn. Gullickson sacrificed Flynn to second and Raines' single off Dickie Noles (0-1) scored Cromartie and Flynn.
After Bryan Little walked, Dawson doubled in Raines and Little.
The Expos scored again in the seventh when Dawson led off with a single, went to third on Al Oliver's single and came home on Gary Carter's sacrifice fly.
Montreal scored its first run in the second. Carter singled, went to third on a double by Tim Wallach and scored on Flynn's infield out.