CHICAGO (Ticker) -- For the second consecutive year, the
appear to be playing their best baseball at the right time of the season.
drove in three runs and
had a pair of RBI to help the Marlins move a season-best 11 games over .500 with an 8-6 victory over the
in their final game at U.S. Cellular Field.
The teams played here Monday and Tuesday due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan in South Florida.
Conine capped a six-run second inning with a two-run homer and broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh, drawing a bases-loaded walk off Expos reliever
Asked whether he wanted to stay in Chicago longer, Conine replied, "No, we are ready to go home and we are tired of hour-plus commutes to the ballpark. I want to sleep in my own bed for a few nights before we go on the road again."
Cabrera also hit a two-run homer in the third, his 29th of the season. With the two RBI, Cabrera became the sixth player in major league history to record 100 RBI in a season before the age of 22.
of St. Louis was the last to accomplish the feat in 2001. Other notable players to do it were
, Ken Griffey Jr. and
"Yeah that's pretty good," Cabrera said about joining elite company. "But it's more important that we win the game."
led off the third inning with his 20th home run and
had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give Florida a two-run cushion.
The Marlins had failed to homer in their last six games before launching three home runs in the third.
(3-2) earned the win despite giving up a tying, three-run homer to
in the seventh and
worked around a hit and two walks in two innings to record his fourth save in six chances.
"We taxed our bullpen a little today, but we played pretty good," Florida manager Jack McKeon said.
Batista homered in his third consecutive game for Montreal, which will now travel to Miami to play three more games in the next two days with the Marlins.
"(Seanez) threw me a fastball and I was looking for that," Batista said. "We were able to tie the game right there, but we couldn't hold on and win the game."
The Expos, who had won the last six meetings with Florida before losing both games in Chicago, had the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth, but
lined out to right field on an running over-the-shoulder catch by Encarnacion.
"I was hoping it would get over his head and all three runs would score," Church said. "Just didn't get enough of the barrel on it. Thought I did then he stumbled a bit. Oh well, maybe next time."
The loss was the fifth straight on the road for Montreal, which will play six more away games over the next five days.
"Physical errors are costing us and pitchers are walking people," Expos manager
said. "We battle back in games, tie the score and before we can build on it the other team goes right back ahead. That's not how you win games, especially on the road."