Andy Hawkins pitched seven innings and improved his record to 8-0, and Terry Kennedy and Graig Nettles each had four of San Diego's 17 hits as the Padres beat the Montreal Expos, 8-3, today.

Hawkins, who tied Atlanta's Rick Mahler (8-2) for the major league lead in victories, gave up three runs on 11 hits and frequently pitched out of trouble.

Kennedy went four for five, with a home run and an RBI double. Nettles was four for four, including the 2,000th hit of his career.

Kennedy's homer, his fifth, in the second inning and an error by Montreal third baseman Hubie Brooks in the third made it 2-0.

The Expos scored in the third on an RBI single by Andre Dawson. In the fifth, San Diego got four runs against starter Steve Rogers (2-4). Nettles singled in a run, Kevin McReynolds hit a two-run double and Kennedy doubled to make it 6-1.

Tim Raines hit his first homer for Montreal in the fifth. Herm Winningham tripled in the sixth and scored on Mike Fitzgerald's single.

The Padres got two runs in the ninth on Tim Burke's single off Kennedy, Carmelo Martinez's RBI double and Tim Flannery's RBI single.