David Palmer pitched a five-hitter over eight innings as the Montreal Expos recorded a club-record fourth consecutive shutout, a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves yesterday in Montreal.
With Jeff Reardon pitching the ninth, Montreal extended its streak of scoreless innings to 39. The major league record is 56 innings by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903.
It was also the fourth straight shutout absorbed by the Braves, a streak of 36 innings. The record for most consecutive shutout innings suffered is 48, by the 1908 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1968 Chicago Cubs. By also losing two straight in New York before coming to Montreal, Atlanta went winless on a road trip for the first time since 1980.
The Expos scored in the first off Craig McMurtry (0-1) when Tim Raines doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Vance Law's sacrifice fly. They made it 3-0 in the second as Tim Wallach singled, Herm Winningham walked, Sal Butera hit an RBI single and, after Butera was picked off and Palmer struck out, Raines tripled Winningham home.
Dan Driessen hit his fifth homer of the season in the fourth.
Palmer (3-3) got in trouble twice. He loaded the bases in the fourth before striking out Rafael Ramirez to end the threat. In the seventh, with runners at first and third, he got Claudell Washington to ground out.