MONTREAL (AP)—The Montreal Expos benefited from a rare and timely power surge.
“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.”
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 startgoing 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 awkwardheadfirst slide into third in the fourth inning.