MIAMI (Ticker) --
Paul Lo Duca
made a splash in his debut with the
, but it was not enough to end his new team's losing streak against the
belted his first career grand slam in the seventh inning, upstaging Lo Duca's two-run blast in his first at-bat for Florida, as the Expos extended their winning streak over the Marlins to five games with an 8-5 triumph.
Acquired in a six-player blockbuster deal with the Dodgers on Friday night, Lo Duca made his first appearance with the Marlins as a pinch hitter with one on in the sixth inning with Florida trailing, 4-3. Batting for
, Lo Duca deposited the first pitch he saw from
over the left field wall for his 11th homer of the season.
"It was one of those floating-on-your-feet moments," Lo Duca said of his first career homer as a pinch hitter. "I saw everyone in the dugout standing up. It was awesome. ... It's something I'll remember."
But the Florida bullpen, which was strengthened with the acquisitions of
, was unable to hold the one-run lead.
retired two of the three batters he faced in the seventh before giving way to
(3-3), who yielded a double to
and intentionally walked
before Sledge hammered the Dominican righthander's first offering into the right field stands for an 8-5 bulge.
"It couldn't have come at a batter time, for me and the team," Sledge said. "We were trailing, I've been struggling. It felt good just to help this team out. I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit. ... I got a good swing on it and I was lucky enough to hit it out."
"That was a real big hit right there," Montreal manager
said. "That was the ballgame, along with some nifty pitching. He rose to the occasion."
Manzanillo yielded three runs and two hits with two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
"They got me in Montreal and they got me here," said Manzanillo, who allowed three runs while retiring just one batter against the Expos on June 24. "It was a fastball, and he hit it."
"I'm sure he didn't want to put it there," Florida manager Jack McKeon said of the pitch to Sledge. "I thought it was going to be a storybook finish. We just couldn't hold it."
Biddle (3-5) picked up the win and two relievers bridged the gap to
, who recorded the final three outs for his 11th save, a franchise record for rookies.
gave the Marlins the lead with a two-run double in the first inning, but
's RBI single in the third halved Montreal's deficit. The Expos plated three runs in the fifth to grab a 4-2 advantage before
's run-scoring double in the fifth and Lo Duca's homer in the sixth put Florida ahead.
The Marlins' five straight losses to Montreal have come around a four-game sweep of Philadelphia, a team which Florida has owned this season.
"I don't know," said Marlins starter A.J. Burnett, who allowed four runs - three earned - and seven hits in six innings. "Maybe (the Expos) can wear some Phillies uniforms."