MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The start of the Wednesday's game at Olympic Stadium was delayed 42 minutes by a power outage. In the ninth inning, the
still looked like they were playing in the dark.
's sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie and the
took advantage of sloppy defense by the Expos to salvage a 6-5 victory in the finale of a three-game series.
(1-1) walked pinch hitter
to open the ninth and made things worse for himself when he fielded a bunt by
and threw the ball into center field, putting runners on first and third.
"It was a routine play, a routine double-play ball. At least I should get one out of it if I make a decent throw," Eischen said. "A leadoff walk with a tie game, that's pretty much a mortal sin when it comes to pitching. So back-to-back real sloppy plays by me, that's all I can say."
T.J. Tucker relieved and Lofton, Pittsburgh's third straight pinch hitter, hit a deep fly ball to center field to give the Pirates a 4-3 lead.
stroked an RBI single and the Pirates added their third run when Reboulet dropped down a bunt that both Tucker and third baseman
hesitated to pick up.
"Those are things that you go to spring training and work on all the time," Expos manager
said. "You come off the mound, you come under control, catch the ball and throw it where the catcher tells you to throw it."
"We've done that time and time again this year," Pirates manager
said of the shaky finish. "I don't consider any win a bad win or an ugly win they're all good. As long as we get them. It was a little hairy, but the guys got it done."
(3-4) earned the win with two scoreless innings. Starter
allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.
had an RBI single in the first for Montreal before Sanders tied it in the second with his 11th homer - a solo shot off
Vazquez allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.
had an RBI single in the fifth and Pittsburgh increased its lead to 3-1 on Reboulet's first homer of the season in the sixth.
The Expos tied it with two runs in the sixth. Chavez reached on an infield hit and later scored on a hit-and-run single by Guzman. Guzman went to third on a single by
and scored when second baseman Reboulet booted a potential double-play grounder.
"It was a good offensive day. But again, defense in that spot, making an error really hurt," said Reboulet, who had four hits. "I was glad Kip could hang in there for us. He pitched a great game and deserved better."
Wells escaped further damage by striking out