After the Pirates had three consecutive RBI singles in the fourth inning to make it 4-1, Ramirez lined a 1-0 pitch from Expos starter
(6-5) in the fifth off the foul pole in left field.
Ramirez homered for the third time in seven games.
Lofton led off the bottom of the first with his eighth homer of the season and the 28th leadoff blast of his career.
Sanders came in as a pinch hitter for Pittsburgh starter Jeff D'Amico in the sixth and launched his ninth of the year as the Pirates won their third straight game after dropping six in a row. It was Sanders' second pinch-hit homer of the season and third of his career.
D'Amico (5-7) ended a season-high three-game losing streak. The righthander allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, lasting just 66 pitches.
"I took D'Amico out because his pitches were starting to go up in the strike zone," Pirates manager
said. "We had a lead. I didn't want to take a chance on losing that lead."
D'Amico walked none and struck out three, improving to 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four lifetime starts against Montreal.
"I felt comfortable," D'Amico said. "I hadn't made any mistakes. I felt I could have gone longer. It's a manager's choice. I'm glad we won the game."
got the final two outs to record his 19th save.
The game was tied, 1-1, in the fourth with one out and runners on first and second when
lined a single to deep right field and gave the Pirates the lead.
to make it 3-1. Stairs remained red-hot at the plate, batting .476 (10-for-21) with three doubles, two homers and four RBI in seven games since returning from the disabled list.
also continued to sizzle at the plate, singling home Simon to make it 4-1. The shortstop has gone 8-for-15 (.533) with seven RBI in his last three games.
Meanwhile, Hernandez lost for the third time in five starts.
"I wasn't getting my curveball to work," Hernandez said. "It was just that kind of day. The fastball was working fine, sliders too. They just took advantage of curveballs. I have to pitch better."
"The pitching location wasn't what you need," Expos manager
said. "He didn't keep the ball in the ballpark."
homered for the Expos, whose losing streak reached five games.
"No matter what you say, you see the same thing," Expos manager
said. "It's like the team doesn't hear. They swing the same with two strikes as (with) no strikes, just flailing away. That doesn't get it done."