ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After a rocky start,
made easy work of the
Ortiz allowed one hit over 7 2/3 innings and
snapped a tie with his first homer since May 2 as the
posted a 6-2 victory over the
With a personal four-game winning streak on the line, Ortiz got into trouble early and fell into a 2-0 hole after one inning. But after
's RBI single in the first, the righthander retired 16 in a row before issuing consecutive walks in the sixth.
"Russ really settled down after the first inning," Atlanta manager
said. "He only let up the one hit. He pitched a heck of a ballgame. He made his pitches after the first."
"Russ had trouble in the first inning and showed a lot of heart the next six or seven," Giles added. "I think Russ was the MVP of the game, if you ask me."
Ortiz (11-6), who improved to 4-0 against Montreal this season, left after walking
with two outs in the eighth. He allowed two runs, walked five and struck out six in becoming the fourth 11-game winner in the National League.
"I didn't get ahead as much as I like to," Ortiz said. "I was able to make them feel like they needed to swing the bats, which works out well for me. That's pretty much the difference between the first inning and the rest of the game."
J.D. Drew, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and rookie
hit solo homers to tie the game before Giles belted a two-run shot off
(0-3) in the seventh inning, giving the Braves a 4-2 lead.
"I left the ball up to Giles," Bentz said. "It was up, but it was in and up. He did a good job. I was hoping it would hook foul, but it stayed straight."
"I was trying to look for a pitch to shoot to the right side," Giles said. "I just got to it."
Giles, who missed 52 games with a fractured clavicle, was playing in just his third contest since being activated from the disabled list.
gave up one hit in 1 1/3 innings for his 17th save in 19 opportunities.
The two hits were a season low for the Expos, who are hitting a major league-worst .236 as a team.
"I'm surprised we stayed in the game that long," said Montreal manager
, whose club carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth. "I don't know how many games you can win with two hits. You have to have great pitching to win with two hits, especially if they're both singles."