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Suppan completes winner for Pirates

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Kenny Lofton and Jason Kendall ignited Pittsburgh's early scoring against starter Shawn Chacon by reaching base in three of the first four innings


Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Orlando Hudson, left, is late on the tag as Montreal Expos' Brad Wilkerson safely steals second base during the second inning of interleague play in Toronto, Sunday. The Expos beat the Blue Jays, 10-2.


Matt Stairs homered and drove in four runs and Jeff Suppan pitched Pittsburgh's first complete game in more than a year as the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-0 Sunday.

"That was the most effective game pitched against us all season," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I can't say more than that."

Kenny Lofton and Jason Kendall sparked all of Pittsburgh's scoring against starter Shawn Chacon (11-4) by reaching base in three of the first four innings. Chacon was trying to become the majors' first 12-game winner, but left trailing 6-0 after four innings.

"It's important for the leadoff guy to get on because anything can happen," Lofton said. "Things worked out today and we hope we can keep it going."

Suppan (6-7) pitched a four-hitter for the Pirates' first complete-game shutout of the season. They have two shutouts by multiple pitchers.

"We scored early and kept scoring runs and our defense was outstanding," said Suppan, who hadn't thrown a shutout since April 29, 2002, with the Royals. "I took it inning by inning and was able to keep making my pitches. Everything kind of happened for us."

The Pirates had gone 170 games without a complete game since Jimmy Anderson, now in the Reds' organization, beat Cincinnati on June 16, 2002.

Expos 10, Blue Jays 2

Tomo Ohka pitched 6 2-3 no-hit innings and didn't allow an earned run in his first complete game this season as the Montreal Expos beat the Blue Jays 10-2 Sunday.

But Ohka wanted even more after holding the powerful Blue Jays to a season-low two hits.

"I'm not satisfied with the outing," Ohka said through an interpreter. "I would have been very happy if I had a no-hitter."

Carlos Delgado broke up the no-hit bid with a seventh-inning double that scored Frank Catalanotto, who reached on an error.

"I didn't know anybody was capable of doing that do us," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said of Ohka's performance.

Ohka (7-7) allowed two runs -- both unearned.

He hit Reed Johnson with a pitch leading off the third to give Toronto its only base runner in the first six innings. Ohka struck out four and walked none.

He kept his no-hit bid alive in the fifth by robbing Delgado of a hit with a stabbing grab of a comebacker.

On April 11, Ohka allowed just one hit -- a fourth-inning single -- in eight innings of a 10-0 win over the New York Mets.

Mike Bordick hit an RBI single in the eighth for Toronto's only other hit.

"He had as dominating a performance as you're going to see. It's too bad he didn't complete it," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said of the no-hit bid.

"I've seen him pitch outstanding games, but this was just a tremendous performance. He was just in complete control."

Ron Calloway went 3-for-5 with four RBIs for the Expos, who split six games with the Blue Jays this season. The teams will share the Pearson Cup, awarded to the winner of the interleague series. Each team has won the trophy three times, and there were three ties.

The trophy was named for former Canadian prime minister Lester B. Pearson.

The Blue Jays finished interleague play 10-8. Montreal was 9-9.

Toronto starter Kelvim Escobar (5-5) loaded the bases in the second inning before Calloway hit a two-run single that gave Montreal a 2-0 lead.

Catalanotto reached safely in the seventh by hitting a grounder to first baseman Edwards Guzman, who dropped the ball and threw wildly to Ohka at the bag.

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