MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Olympic Stadium continues to be kind to
Ortiz tossed his first complete game of the season and
had three hits, including a solo homer, and scored three runs as the
rolled to a 6-1 victory over the
Ortiz (5-4) is 3-2 in five career starts here but has allowed only nine earned runs runs in 35 2/3 innings for a 2.27 ERA - his lowest at any current National League park.
"You know there won't be many people, the biggest thing is to stay in the game because you can hear the echo of the voices," he said of the small crowds in Montreal. "So I have to relax and stay focused on my pitches. If that helps me pitch well here, I'll do it."
The 29-year-old righthander yielded only one run, five hits and a walk en route to his eighth career complete game and first since September 19, 2003.
"Today was just getting ahead and staying ahead," Ortiz said. "I felt good. I was executing on every pitch."
Ortiz retired the last 17 batters he faced, not allowing a runner after walking
with one out in the fourth.
"We had one or two chances and after the third inning, he gave us nothing," Expos manager
said. "It was like someone turned the switch and said no more. We got nothing after that."
Furcal opened the fifth inning with a single and scored on a two-out single by
to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.
followed with a double to plate Jones and Furcal started the seventh with his second homer of the season.
hit a leadoff homer in the eighth inning as the Braves won for the fifth time in their last seven games.
(3-4) surrendered four runs and 10 hits in seven innings for the Expos, who have lost six of seven, and at 15-31 have the worst record in the National League.
The game featured a pair of incidents as Braves manager
was ejected in the third inning and the benches cleared in the seventh.
Cox was tossed for arguing with plate umpire Bill Welke after
struck out looking with the bases loaded to end the third.
Hernandez hit Estrada on the leg with two outs in the seventh. Hernandez exchanged words with Estrada and both teams emerged from their dugouts.
"It wasn't a big deal, he hit me with a curve," Estrada said. "Hit me in the calf where it hurt and it knotted up. I was hurt and he was looking at me and telling me to calm down. He doesn't need to be talking to to me. I'm already heated because I got hit."