ST. LOUIS (Ticker) --
no longer look like a last-place team.
Batista hit a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and slugged a grand slam in the 12th, lifting Montreal to a 10-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The two-run shot by Batista followed a fly ball that St. Louis left fielder
to reach. Following three walks in the 12th, Batista crushed career home run No. 200 over the left field wall.
"It's something to remember," Batista said. "I think especially in that kind of situation. We were losing this game and we came back and won."
"Batista just seems to rise to the occasion with the big hit," Expos manager
said. "When it comes to that real clutch time it seems like more often than not he's coming through."
The blast lifted Montreal to its fourth straight road win and ninth win in its last 11 games overall.
"It feels good to just win ballgames," outfielder
said. "We're playing well right now. We've been playing well for the last month and putting a little streak together and making this season a positive. We probably won't make a run at the playoffs but we can make a positive. We've got a good young ball club."
(3-1), the sixth of seven pitchers for the Expos, struck out three in two scoreless innings to get the win. The Montreal bullpen allowed just one run in eight frames in relief of Sun-Woo Kim, who made an emergency start after
had trouble getting loose before the game.
"He felt stiffness and tightness in his arm and couldn't go," Robinson said of Armas.
started things off with a two-run homer in the first for the Cardinals. It was the 30th of the season for Pujols, making him the first player ever to hit 30 in each of his first four seasons. He also became the first player in the franchise's 112-year history to hit 30 or more homers in four consecutive years.
But the extra-inning loss made it tough for the slugger to appreciate the accomplishment.
"It's nothing that I think about," Pujols said. "I come and play the game hard every day, try to give 100 percent, try to help my team out to win and concentrate about winning. I don't care about the records."
Dan Haren (0-2) was tagged with the loss, walking all three batters before allowing Batista's first pitch grand slam in his only inning.
"He had thrown a lot of balls," Batista said. "In that situation, bases loaded, I said I'm going to try to look fastball and hit the first pitch."
"It was a little up," Haren said. "I was trying to go down and in and kind of just got a little up and over. It wasn't that bad of a pitch. There were worse pitches in that inning that one. That's for sure."
St. Louis starter
, who was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, had his 17-inning scoreless streak broken in the third. He allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk and left two outs into the sixth with a 6-3 lead.
"I felt early on I had a good sinker," Marquis said. "My slider was my downfall pitch tonight and as the game went on I got a little fatigued, left some balls up and they capitalized."