MONTREAL (Ticker) --
homered and drove in four runs to spark the
to a 7-5 victory over the lowly
Batista had a three-run homer in the first inning, his 20th, and delivered an RBI double in the second to supply the Expos with a 4-0 lead. After hitting just .158 in the month of June, the third baseman has batted .271 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in his last 36 games.
"We've been playing pretty good and doing all of the little things," said Batista, who spent 1998-99 with Arizona. "Like executing and getting the base hits at the right moment to score runs. Hopefully, we can continue to play like this for the rest of the season."
had two hits and three RBI and
chipped in three hits for Montreal, which completed a six-game season sweep of the Diamondbacks.
"I used to be with the team," Batista said. "You feel happy and you feel pretty good when you beat a team you used to be on. That happened today."
Arizona ignited a five-run fourth inning with six consecutive hits, chasing Expos starter
from the contest and cutting its deficit to 6-5.
Montreal setup man
(4-7) yielded a hit over two innings and closer
retired the final five batters he faced for his 12th save in 13 chances.
"It was one of those strange type of games," Montreal manager
said. "We were fortunate to come out on the winning side of it. It was a great job by the bullpen."
The Expos have won 12 of their last 15 games at Olympic Stadium.
Arizona rookie starter
(1-4) was roughed up, giving up seven runs, 10 hits and three walks in three innings.
"He (Cormier) was up in the zone," Diamondbacks interim manager
said. "He left a fastball to Batista on a 1-2 count right over the plate and gave up a three-run homer. He didn't make the pitches he needed to."
both had two hits and an RBI for Arizona, which has lost seventh straight and fell 46 games below .500.