Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pinch-Hitting Pitcher Lifts Expos Martines' Sacrifice Fly in 11th Beats Cards 4-3

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pinch-Hitting Pitcher Lifts Expos Martines' Sacrifice Fly in 11th Beats Cards 4-3

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Felipe Alou of the Montreal Expos managed himself out of players Friday night - and lived to tell about it.

Against the Cardinals, Alou squandered all six of his extra men by the 11th inning and found himself down to pitcher Dennis Martinez as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded, one out and the game tied 3-3. But Martinez made his manager look like Einstein by lining a sacrifice fly to right field that gave the Expos a 4-3 victory.

The Cardinals, losing in 11 innings for the second consecutive night, dropped nine games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Eastern Division.

Joe Magrane (8-10), who had pitched just one inning since July 27, was the loser in what might have been his last game as a Cardinals pitcher. Mike Perez is due to come off the disabled list Sunday, and Magrane may be vulnerable.

Magrane didn't have much luck, although he allowed a key stolen base. Speedy Marquis Grissom barely beat out a tapper to third to start the 11th and then stole his 29th base. Larry Walker grounded out, moving Grissom to third. With pitcher John Wetteland two batters removed, the Cardinals walked both Moises Alou and Mike Lansing intentionally.

Martinez, a .196 hitter, drove in his second run of the season with a fly ball.Right fielder Brian Jordan, who was playing shallow, had to move back before he could catch it.

Cardinals starting pitcher Donovan Osborne, who had been given just one run in his previous two starts, was granted a 1-0 lead in the first.

Gregg Jefferies, who had three hits, was credited with a two-out infield single, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. First baseman Lou Frazier could not make the pickup on a throw from second baseman Randy Ready.

Todd Zeile then doubled off Ken Hill, scoring Jefferies from first. Zeile has hit safely in 37 of his last 41 games.

Jordan, who had driven in 37 runs in his last 39 games, gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the sixth, although he didn't get an RBI. Jordan's double-play grounder scored Ozzie Smith, who had reached base on Frazier's error.

Ray Lankford made it 3-0 later in the inning with a two-out single that scored Jefferies, who had walked.

The Expos didn't get their second hit until the sixth, when pinch-hitter Tim Laker beat out an infield hit to third. …

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