Steve Rogers pitched a six-hitter in winning his first game in Atlanta Stadium, and Warren Cromartie tied a club record by going five for five as the Montreal Expos beat the Braves last night, 5-3.
Rogers (5-1) struck out three and walked two in raising his lifetime record against the Braves to 12-9. He has beaten them 10 of his last 11 decisions--although he hadn't won in six previous games in Atlanta.
"The way these guys have improved, the odds weren't going up," Rogers said.
"We usually beat him at home," said Atlanta's Chris Chambliss, who homered and tripled. "You don't want to get behind him."
The Expos took a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Rick Camp (3-3). Al Oliver led off with a single and, after Gary Carter walked, Tim Wallach singled to load the bases. One out later, Bryan Little's sacrifice to center scored Oliver and Rogers hit an RBI single to left.
Rogers held the Braves hitless until Dale Murphy singled in the fourth, moved to third on Bob Horner's double and scored on a wild pitch.
Montreal went ahead, 3-1, in the fifth when Tim Raines walked, stole second and scored on a single by Cromartie, who has had seven hits in his last seven at-bats to tie another club record.
The teams traded runs thereafter, with Chambliss scoring on Glenn Hubbard's single in the seventh, Montreal getting that back in the eighth on Carter's homer then scoring again in the ninth on an error by shortstop Rafael Ramirez, and the final run coming on Chambliss' homer.