Mondesi’s 408-foot smash off Eric Knott’s first pitch of the 10th inning gave the Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory over Montreal on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep of the Expos.
“That’s a pretty good way to make an impression, isn’t it?” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.
After a slow start since his July 29 trade from the New York Yankees, Mondesi showed up extremely early the past two days for extra batting practice.
He went 3-for-4 in Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory, his first multihit game for Arizona, then went 2-for-5 Thursday, punctuated by his big home run.
His teammates greeted him with a beer shower afterward, something he said he’d never experienced.
“Oh man, that was cold,” Mondesi said, “but it’s a good feeling. It doesn’t matter.”
It was Arizona’s 11th one-run game in its last 13.
Knott (0-2) had pitched a hitless ninth before taking the loss.
“I made a bad pitch to a good hitter, and that’s that,” Knott said. “That’s the ballgame.”
Jose Valverde (2-0) came on to get Arizona out of a bases-load, one-out jam in the ninth, then pitched a scoreless 10th to get the victory.
Shea Hillenbrand drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and single to help the Diamondbacks pull within three games of Philadelphia in the wild-card race.
Montreal, loser of 11 of its last 13 road games, loaded the bases against Eddie Oropesa with one out in the ninth when pinch-hitter Wil Cordero beat out an infield single, then Edwards Guzman and Brian Schneider walked.
Valverde relieved Oropesa and, to the surprise of just about everybody in the ballpark, pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll attempted a squeeze bunt on an 0-2 pitch but fouled it off for a strikeout. Chavez flied out to center to end the threat.
“I put the squeeze on and he had a tough pitch to execute,” Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. “Desperate times, desperation.”
The Diamondbacks were stunned by the squeeze try, especially on an 0-2 pitch.
“I can’t actually say what I thought of the play, just out of respect,” catcher Chad Moeller said. “I was more shocked than anything, and very thankful.”
Miguel Batista, winless in his last four starts, ended an 0-for-28 skid at the plate with a single and double, but failed to hold the lead before leaving for a pinch hitter to lead off the sixth. He allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.
Arizona took the lead with a three-run third, despite only a pair of hard-hit balls.
Batista beat out a swinging-bunt for a single. Matt Kata reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on Junior Spivey’s single off the glove of third baseman Guzman, then scored on Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single.
Batista doubled to lead off the fourth, advanced to third on Kata’s groundout, then scored on Hillenbrand’s two-out single after Gonzalez was walked intentionally, and Arizona led 4-1.
Schneider led off the fifth with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Chavez’s sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Guerrero singled to start the third, then Cabrera hit the first pitch off the left-field foul pole for his 16th homer to tie it 4-4.
Ohka lasted just four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.
Arizona is 22-20 in one-run games this season. … Cabrera’s 16 homers is a record for Expos shortstops, eclipsing Cordero’s 15 in 1994. … Arizona has won six in a row at home against Montreal. … Hillenbrand has 33 RBIs in40 games with Arizona.