MONTREAL (Ticker) --
is another in a long line of surprises for the surprising
Acevedo had another effective outing and
hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to snap a tie and lift the Reds to a 4-1 victory over the
A 26-year-old righthander who has spent the majority of the last two seasons in the minor leagues, Acevedo is being counted on in Cincinnati, which is desperate for pitching.
Acevedo (3-3) came through with another solid effort as he limited the Expos to one run and five hits in seven innings, striking out two without a walk. He has allowed just three earned runs over 21 innings in his last three starts, but this was his first win during that span.
"All my pitches were right there," Acevedo said. "I threw some changeups, some curves and some sliders. Everything worked."
walked two in a scoreless eighth inning and
retired the side in order in the ninth for his major league-leading 23rd save.
Mired in an 0-for-23 funk, Dunn opened the seventh by driving a 2-1 pitch from
over the right field wall, snapping a 1-1 tie. It was Dunn's 12th homer of the season and first in 18 games.
"The reason I've been taking is because my balance was all screwed up," Dunn said. "It's not because I'm not seeing it. For some reason, over the last week, my balance kind of left me."
"I told him after the game, 'You get to play tomorrow,'" Reds manager Dave Miley joked. "That was a big, big home run."
hit a solo shot in the sixth for Montreal, which lost for the eighth time in nine games.
"I don't see any fire, no intensity," Expos manager
said. "Nobody's getting (upset). I'm not saying they're giving up, but when they start to accept losing, it's not very good. You don't see light at the end of the tunnel."
"It's no fun to lose and everybody knows that," said Day, who gave up three runs and three hits with six walks in seven innings. "You've got to come and basically start over each day."
Day (3-6) uncorked a wild pitch to allow another run to score later in the seventh and D'Angelo Jimenez had an RBI double in the eighth for the Reds, who won for the 12th time in 15 games.
"The ball was moving. When I get my sinker going, sometimes it takes me a little while to move out of the zone and sometimes I'm going to have it," said Day, who has lost five of his last six starts. "I was effective a lot, but it caught up to me in the end. They did the things they had to do."
Cincinnati (29-20) is tied with Florida for the National League's best record.