Baseball’s road warriors, the Montreal Expos, started with a win, appropriately, on the road.
The Expos sent Greg Maddux to his first Opening-Day loss, defeating the Atlanta Braves 10-2 on Monday behind Jeff Liefer’s four RBI and Orlando Cabrera’s two-run homer. Maddux, 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA in seven previous Opening-Day starts, gave up four runs in the first inning. The four-time NL Cy Young Award winner went seven innings, giving up five runs — four earned — and nine hits.
Tony Armas Jr., in his first Opening-Day start, allowed one run and five hits in six innings to get the win for the vagabond Expos.
“It’s a good way to start,” Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. “We didn’t have a particularly good road record last year, and it’s something we talked about this spring. We have to improve this year on that.”