SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) -- The
used a combination of solid pitching and sloppy fielding by the
to move back above .500.
combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and
scored on an error by
to give the Braves a 1-0 victory over the Expos.
At 42-41, Atlanta is over the break-even mark for the first time since June 8. The Braves have won three straight and nine of their last 11 games.
Ortiz (9-6) gave up three hits in seven innings but only one after the first. He struck out three and walked three before turning things over to
, who retired two of the three batters he faced.
"Right now, as far as like the record, I don't think it's as important as just winning ballgames," said Ortiz, who as won his last five starts against the Expos. "We just need to continue doing everything we can to win ballgames and not worry about how good or bad the record is."
tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Atlanta improved to 5-0 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, the Expos' part-time home.
Atlanta loaded the bases in the seventh. DeRosa drew a leadoff walk against Expos starter
doubled with one out.
issued an intentional walk to
before J.D. Drew hit a sharp grounder to first base that Johnson could not handle.
"The error led to the loss," Expos manager
said, "but we didn't take advantage of opportunities to get some runs. If we'd have taken advantage of each opportunity, the error wouldn't have been as big as it was."
Downs (0-3) was the hard-luck loser, allowing just an unearned run and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts.
Montreal had its chances. The Expos had runners at the corners with none out in the first, but
lined into a double play and
In the sixth,
bounced into an inning-ending double play with runners at first and third.
"We seem to always have chances, but we never put them away," Robinson said. "We just couldn't get the big hit tonight."
The Expos fell to a major league-worst 28-54.
"If someone had told me in spring training we'd lose 100 games or be shut out 12 times, I'd say you're crazy," Robinson said. "I'm dumbfounded. I don't know what to say."