MONTREAL (Ticker) --
extend their longest winning streak of the season.
Johnson's grand slam keyed a five-run seventh inning as the Expos won their seventh straight game, an 8-3 victory over the
"We're just having fun out there," Montreal outfielder
said. "We've seen both sides of the field, playing bad and playing good. It feels a lot better playing good."
Clinging to a 3-2 lead,
doubled with one out in the seventh off reliever
and scored one batter later on
's single. After a groundout by
, Sledge was walked intentionally.
delivered an infield single, setting the stage for Johnson, whose second career grand slam made the score 8-2.
"It's a big park and its pretty deep to left-center," Johnson said. "It just hit it and it went out. It was nice."
Working on a pitch count, Montreal starter Tony Armas Jr. struck out five and did not allow a hit in five innings. Armas left with 1-0 lead, but reliever T.J. Tucker (3-1) gave up a two-run homer to
with two outs in the sixth.
"I felt great," Armas said. "I was on a pitch count so you've got to respect that."
The Expos answered against Houston starter
(0-1). Batista led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and scored on a single by Sledge to tie the score.
put the Expos ahead for good with a two-out double that plated Sledge.
Hernandez gave up three runs and and seven hits in six innings in his first appearance since September 12, 2002. The lefthander struck out six and walked two.
"Carlos pitched a good game," Astros interim manager
said. "I'm pleased to see him throw like that. I'm sure he had a little adrenaline going tonight, which probably helped a little bit."
"I felt good from the first to the last inning," Hernandez said. "I think I was trying to do too much. I really hate it because (Bagwell) hit the two-run homer and I was just trying to help the team win the game."
hit his fourth leadoff home run of the season for Montreal, which clinched the season series against Houston for the first time since 2000.
"It feels good to lead off the game like that," Wilkerson said. "Tony came out and pitched a great game and everybody got some big hits tonight."
Jonn Rauch was forced to leave Friday's game with a no-hitter intact after 4 2/3 innings because of an injury. It is the first time that starting pitchers left the game with no-hitters in consecutive games since 1967.