San Juan, PR (Sports Network) - Carl Pavano tossed seven shutout innings to lead Florida to a 3-0 win over Montreal in the finale of a three-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
Pavano (1-0) struck out three and permitted three hits with one walk for the Marlins, who earned their seventh straight victory and a sweep of the series.
Not only did the Marlins sweep the series, they also did it without allowing a run. Florida, which extended its shutout streak to a team-record 30 innings, became the first team to sweep a three-game series via shutout since Baltimore against Detroit in 1995.
Hee Seop Choi smacked a two-run homer for Florida, which matched its best start in franchise history, The Marlins also started 8-1 in 1997, the year of their first World Series title. Miguel Cabrera added two hits in the victory.
Jamey Carroll had two of the hits for the Expos, who suffered their fourth straight loss. Montreal finished its first "homestand" at 1-5.
Montreal, which has scored just 10 runs during its dreadful 2-7 start, has been blanked by Florida in four straight games. The Marlins also posted a shutout in the final game of the opening three-game series last week in Miami.
The Marlins scored all their runs in the fourth against Zach Day. Luis Castillo walked, moved to third on a single by Cabrera and came home on Mike Lowell's sacrifice fly. Two hitters later, Choi delivered his fifth homer of the season.
Day (0-1), the Expos starting pitcher, absorbed the loss after permitting three runs on four hits in seven innings.
In the sixth, Montreal put runners on second and third with one out, but couldn't score.
Chad Fox struck out the side for Florida in the eighth, and Armando Benitez worked a shutout ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Florida's previous scoreless innings mark was 27, set between July 29 and August 1, 1997.
Montreal has gone a club-record 33 innings without a run, breaking the previous mark of 32 set from September 24-30, 1972.