MONTREAL (Ticker) --
drove in a career-high five runs and
slugged his fourth career grand slam, lifting the
Los Angeles Dodgers
to a 10-2 victory over the
After Beltre singled to open the second inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Cora lined a 3-2 pitch over diving second baseman
, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
tied the game with a run-scoring double in the fourth, but Los Angeles responded in the fifth with a season-high eight-run outburst.
singled in the first run of the uprising and Beltre chased Expos starter
(4-7) with his Major League-leading 40th home run to increase the lead to 6-1.
"It's a number (40) that I didn't think about the last few years," Beltre said. "To get to 30, and to hit 40 already is a big accomplishment for me. Hopefully, I can hit some more to help the team get to the playoffs."
After hitting 10 home runs in July, Beltre has already matched that total in August. He has hit six homers in his last six games and has 18 in just 38 games since the All-Star break.
"You just set the table for the 'big man,'" Cora said of Beltre. "What he's doing is unreal."
with a double off the right field wall and Cora lined a three-run homer into the right field stands to cap the inning. He added a run-scoring groundout in the ninth to cap the scoring.
"Everybody is doing a good job getting on base, working the counts with runners in scoring position, including me" Cora said. "I think we have to attribute that to (hitting coach and former Expo)
, he's been doing a good job."
(12-6) allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings as he halted a personal six-game winless streak. He struck out six and walked one in improving to 3-0 lifetime against Montreal.
"Kaz Ishii responded again," Dodgers manager
said. "I know it's not the first time I've sat here and talked about how when he's backed into a corner, he responds big time. For him to step up and give us the type of performance he gave us tonight - after the last couple of starts we had, our bullpen was in a situation because of the workload. I don't think you ask for much more."
"I don't know about having my back to the wall," Ishii said. "I felt really good going into today's game. I was more comfortable. I don't want to be influenced by what everyone else says, I just want to concentrate on myself and hopefully produce good results."
Biddle was ripped for seven runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
"One pitch like that doesn't have to turn into an eight-run inning, but it did," Montreal manager
said. "We're not making good pitches on him (Beltre) with men on base and getting two strikes on him. He's killing us."