ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It took rookie
and J.D. Drew just two pitches to spoil the return of Tony Armas Jr.
Green ripped a game-tying three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Drew homered on the next pitch as the
rallied for a 7-6 victory over the
"I made my mind up that I was going to swing at the first pitch about as hard as I can," Drew said. "It worked out well."
The Braves put runners on first and second, thanks to some help from the Expos. Third baseman
's error helped
reach first, and a miscommunication in the outfield allowed
's pop-up to fall for a single in short right center field.
"I didn't get a good jump," said second baseman
, who was closest to the ball. "I don't think it was an easy play, (but) it should have been made."
on a popout, Green ripped Biddle's 1-1 curveball into the left-field seats to tie it at 6-6. Before the Atlanta crowd had a chance to sit down, Drew crushed a sinker from Biddle into the right field bullpen for the victory.
"It was a breaking ball I left up," said Biddle of the pitch to Green. "(The next pitch) was a sinker. "(Drew) hit it before it sank."
Green belted a two-run homer on Monday off
that also led to an Atlanta victory.
"It was pretty much the same pitch as last night," Green said. "It was just from a different pitcher."
It was the second time this season the Braves have hit back-to-back home runs and the second career walk-off home run for Drew.
"We got two big breaks on DeRosa's ball and Eli's ball," Braves manager
said. "It doesn't shock me Nicky hit one out. I told (bench coach)
, 'If Nicky hits one out, J.D.'s gonna follow and we'll end up winning this.'"
Armas had surgery to repair a torn right labrum and rotator cuff on May 23, 2003. In his return, the righthander threw 88 pitches, allowing just two runs, three hits and three walks while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings. He didn't yield a hit until the fifth inning, nearly picking up his first win since April 10 of last season.
"I wanted to go out and pitch," Armas said. "That's all I wanted to do. Hopefully, next time will be better."
"(Armas) did a fine job, you can't ask for anything more from him," Montreal manager
said. "I feel angry, frustrated, disappointed, whatever. If there are any tougher ways to lose, we'll find them."
(1-1) tossed 1 1/3 perfect innings to earn the win for Atlanta (26-25), which moved over .500 for the first time since May 4.
In the sixth,
's run-scoring single off reliever
cut the Braves' deficit to 3-2. However,
answered with a solo homer off Atlanta starter
in the seventh and the Expos scored twice more in the eighth to take a 6-2 advantage.
Braves left fielder
aggravated his right hamstring strain and left the game after the fourth inning. He missed 16 games from April 19-May 8 with the same injury.
"I hurt my hamstring six weeks ago," Jones said. "For it to be recurring, it worries me. I don't know why it's happening. It's frustrating."