Adam Dunn hopes one home run was enough to break him out of his slump.
Dunn hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning Saturday, his first hit in a week, to lead the Reds to a 4-1 win.
Dunn said he received a vote of confidence from teammate Ken Griffey Jr. before the game, but still did not think he was ready to break out of his slump.
“No I didn’t, but Junior told me I was going to get one today, I think he told me (Friday) night,” Dunn said.
It was Dunn’s 12th homer of the season and his first hit since May 22, when he went 2-for-2 in an 8-7 win over Houston.
“I told him after the game, ‘You get to play tomorrow,”’ Reds manager Dave Miley said. “That was a big, big home run.”
The Reds have won nine of their last 11 and are tied with the defending World Series champion Florida Marlins for the best record in the National League.
The Expos, who have the league’s worst record, have lost three straight and eight of their last nine.
“I don’t see any fire, no intensity,” Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. “Nobody’s getting (upset). I’m not saying they’re giving up but when they start to accept losing, it’s not very good. You don’t see light at the end of the tunnel.”