CINCINNATI (Ticker) --
and D'Angelo Jimenez delivered in the ninth inning when
After Jones and Matthews combined to surrender two runs in the top of the ninth inning, pinch hitter Cruz hit a tying two-run homer and Jimenez a game-winning single to lift the
to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the
in the rubber game of their weekend series.
Cruz, who puts inspirational quotes on the clubhouse bulletin board daily, was more than happy to use his bat rather than words.
"I went up there with the idea that it was my day to be a hero," Cruz said. "The energy in this clubhouse is carried on the field from hitter to hitter."
Ken Griffey Jr. had a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third against Expos starter
to give him 498 for his career. Griffey, who has five homers in his last six games, tied teammate
and St. Louis'
for the major league lead and became the 21st player to hit 100 homers with the Reds.
(0-4) entered the bottom of the ninth with a 5-3 lead and retired leadoff hitter Dunn on a groundout. After walking
to fly out, Biddle surrendered a homer to right field by Cruz - the first pinch homer of his career and first of any type since May 29, 2002.
"That (home run) was the only thought going through my mind," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "It made the decision (to pinch-hit for Matthews) look pretty good."
, another pinch hitter, followed with a single to chase Biddle, and
with a base hit to move Larkin to third. Cordero was lifted for
, who promptly allowed Jimenez to drive home Larkin with a single to center.
"What makes Miley successful is putting people in situations where they're comfortable," Larkin said.
The game was tied, 3-3, entering the ninth before
- Saturday's winner - allowed a one-out double to
advanced Rivera with a groundout and pinch hitter
plated him with a single to center to chase Jones.
Sledge advanced to second on a balk by Matthews (1-0) and moved to third on a passed ball.
made it 5-3 with a bunt single.
"It was a headsy play to get that run home and give us a cushion," Expos manager
said. "It's disheartening when you do things right on the field and still can't get a win. We had a chance to shut them down and take the series."
In Cincinnati's 6-3 win Saturday, Jones rallied the offense in the dugout after fanning Cordero to end the top of the 10th. He also was insulted Cordero was not lifted for a pinch hitter.
"Tell Mr. Jones," Robinson told a reporter after this one, "If he's such an inspiration to his team, why did he leave the dugout today before the game was over? If I'd have known he'd had that much trouble getting anyone other than the hitter out, I'd have pinch-hit yesterday. He'll be managing sooner than he thinks."
"Tell him, 'Congratulations, he was a great player,'" Jones replied.
Montreal grabbed a 3-0 first-inning lead against Reds starter
Todd Van Poppel
on a two-run double by
and a run-scoring two-base hit by