Jones had four hits, Rafael Furcal added two RBI, and Robert
Fick and Javy Lopez had two hits apiece for the Braves, who won for
only the fourth time in 10 games. They beat the Expos for the first
time in five tries this season at Turner Field.
A season-high crowd 48,923 was at the game, the Braves' second
home sellout this year.
Ortiz (11-4) moved into a tie with Colorado's Shawn Chacon for
the most victories in the NL. He fell behind 4-1, then settled down
and retired 10 of his last 12 batters.
John Smoltz pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.
The Braves closed to 4-3 with two runs in the fourth, then went
ahead with four in the sixth.
Fick and Lopez had back-to-back singles and moved up a base on
the first sacrifice bunt of the season by Vinny Castilla.
Pinch-hitter Matt Franco singled to drive home Fick with the tying
run, moving Lopez to third, and T.J. Tucker relieved Tomo Ohka
Furcal, who hadn't hit into a double play all season, hit a
sharp grounder just to the left of second baseman Jose Vidro, who
bobbled the ball for an instant and had to settle for throwing out
Furcal at first.
Montreal got two unearned runs in the seventh, thanks to an
error in left by Chipper Jones, but Darren Holmes got out of the
The Expos scored two in the first after some sloppy play by the
Braves. Endy Chavez led off with a liner to right-center, and when
Andruw Jones and Gary Sheffield both jogged to the ball, Chavez
slid safely into second for a double.
Barrett's shot leading off the second extended the lead to 3-1,
and after Andruw Jones cut it to 3-2 by connecting in the second,
Cordero hit one with two outs in the third for a 4-1 lead.
Ohka gave up five earned runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Sheffield made his first error of the season in the
seventh, misplaying a single by Calloway. ... Castilla hadn't
sacrificed since 1995. ... Before the game, the Expos announced RHP
Dan Smith will have shoulder surgery for a right rotator-cuff
inflammation. He's likely out for the season.
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