PHOENIX (Ticker) --
helped complete a pleasant weekend for the
in the desert.
Schneider's three-run homer off knuckleballer
in the fourth inning lifted the Expos to 6-1 victory over the
and their first road sweep of the season.
The three-game sweep followed a four-game losing streak for Montreal.
"Sweeping anybody, it comes at a good time for us," Expos manager
said. "It was a good ballgame today to put an exclamation mark on this series."
(3-2) held the Diamondbacks to one run and five hits in six innings with a walk and four strikeouts.
"I'm sure it (the homer) let Livo pitch a lot more comfortably, but you don't know where knuckleballs are going," Schneider said. "You just try to put a swing on it and hopefully get solid contact."
"I felt good, tried to not miss a lot of pitches," Hernandez said. "I tried to work with my curveball and slider in and everything worked perfectly."
Arizona grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third as
led off with a triple and scored one out later on rookie
's sacrifice fly.
Sparks (2-3), making his 250th career appearance, got the first two batters in the fourth but walked rookie
and gave up a single to
. Schneider drilled his fifth homer of the season over the wall in right-center field to put the Expos ahead, 3-1.
"It was a one-run game and I got a 3-2 count on Sledge and I didn't want to throw a fastball there with a one-run game and Hernandez pitching," Sparks said. "But I would say the first two pitches to him I had a mental lapse and I'm not enough to overcome mental lapses."
The Diamondbacks have dropped five straight and nine of their last 11 games. They have scored just eight runs during the losing streak, four in this series.
"We continue to try to put guys in situations where we think they can do something to help us win a ballgame, and more often that not, it hasn't happened," Arizona manager
said. "I know the guys are trying, but trying doesn't cut it. This is professional sports. We need results."
Montreal added insurance in the seventh after Cepicky's double chased Sparks, who surrendered six hits in six-plus innings.
yielded an RBI single to
The Expos, who swept their first series at Bank One Ballpark, broke it open in the eighth as
for RBI singles.