SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) --
back to .500.
had a season-high four RBI and
hit his first homer in over a month to lead the Braves to an 11-4 victory over the
The win improved the Braves to 41-41 at the halfway point of the season, the first time they have been at the break-even point since June 11.
"Things are going our way really good right now," Atlanta manager
said. "The game tonight we had every break in the world. It was one of those nights."
Atlanta has won five of its last six games and improved to 4-0 all-time against Montreal at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
"For two or three weeks everybody has been swinging the bat good,"
said. "We just need to keep playing like this and we'll be right back to where we want to be."
Atlanta jumped on Expos' starter
(5-9) for six runs in the first inning, capped by a three-run homer by
, his first homer since June 1 against Montreal.
(2-1) pitched seven innings in his fourth start since coming back from "
" surgery. He yielded three runs - two earned - while striking out five.
"It's easy to pitch when you have a six-run lead before you even take the field," Byrd said. "I thought that was the key early. It felt like a mini-rain delay except we kept scoring runs."
ended Day's outing with a two-run double down the right-field line in the second to make it 8-0.
also drove in two more runs with a single in the sixth, and left after scoring on double by All-Star catcher
Estrada had an RBI single in the first inning and improved his batting average with runners in scoring position to a major league-best .484 (31-for-64).
Day suffered the worst outing in his career, allowing a career-high eight runs in just 1 1/3 innings.
"He just didn't have it," Expos manager
said. "He didn't throw the ball in the strike zone. It was one of those nights. You've got to be getting people out each time you go out there."
pitched the final two innings for the Braves, surrendering a homer to
in the eighth while striking out two. The homer was only the second for Everett and his first since April 7.