Andre Dawson got a triple, double and three singles in five trips as the unbeaten Montreal Expos ruined the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener, 8-3, before 45,369 fans yesterday.
Dawson, who is eight for 13 this season, tied a team record for hits in a game. Teammate Tim Raines had three hits and scored three runs.
"I played in a lot of pain the last half of last season," said Dawson. "I pulled a tendon away from the bone in my left wrist and tore the lining in the joint of the middle finger of my right hand.
"The injuries made me use the whole field more. I learned to hit balls away from me to the opposite field. I've got power, I know the homers will come."
The Expos won by scoring four runs in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie. Tim Wallach opened with a double off right fielder Mike Marshall's glove, then Warren Cromartie singled. That brought Alejandro Pena in to relieve Burt Hooten (0-1).
Three more runs came in on Raines' single, first baseman Greg Brock's throwing error and Dawson's bunt single.
Bryn Smith pitched four shutout innings to save the game for starter Scott Sanderson (1-0).