MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos benefited from a rare and
timely power surge.
Tony Batista, Juan Rivera and Endy Chavez homered, and Tomo Ohka
pitched seven strong innings to help Montreal end a five-game
losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday
night."That was very nice to get that," Expos manager Frank Robinson
said. "Without hitting in the clutch, we got a run on the board.
From Batista you kind of expect it, and Chavez, it's unexpected but
a welcome sight."Montreal, still an NL-worst 15-30, improved to 6-5 at Olympic
Stadium. The Expos have an 8-14 home record overall, including just
two wins in 11 games in Puerto Rico.Held scoreless through the first five innings one night after
being shut out for the eighth time this season, the Expos finally
broke through with a pair of solo homers off Horacio Ramirez (2-4)
in the sixth.Batista led off the inning with his third of the season to tie
it at 1. One out later, Rivera put the Expos ahead with his second
homer. It came on an 0-2 pitch.Chavez chased Ramirez with a one-out shot in the seventh."That was a great moment, a great situation and I think we're
going to try to keep going and compete like a professional team,
and we'll do well," Batista said.Ohka (2-5) allowed one unearned run while scattering six hits in
seven innings. He struck out four and walked two."Tomo was aggressive and he was keeping the ball down and he
was in the zone," catcher Einar Diaz said. "We came back and
scored a couple of runs for him. His location was great and he
deserved the game today."Chad Cordero worked a hitless eighth, and Rocky Biddle got three
outs for his 10th save in 11 opportunities.Atlanta, which had won four of five, fell to 21-23, failing in
its bid to reach .500 for the first time since May 5, when it was
13-13."(Ohka) pitched a great ballgame but Ramirez did, too," Braves
manager Bobby Cox said. "He just made three mistakes and every one
of them got popped."Ramirez, who pitched a three-hitter against Arizona in his last
start, allowed one run in 17 innings in his previous two outings.
He led 1-0 through five after Rafael Furcal scored from third when
first baseman Valentino Pascucci dropped Batista's throw for an
error on Adam LaRoche's slow roller to third.Ramirez allowed eight hits and three runs in 6 1-3 innings."Two bad pitches and I ended up paying for it," Ramirez said.
"I just have to stay disciplined and keep on doing what I'm doing
and things will start going my way."
Braves pitchers allowed just 11 homers in their previous 22
road games. ... Rivera broke his necklace as he flipped over after
making an awkward headfirst slide into third in the fourth inning.