Expos 5, Braves 2
ATLANTA (AP) _ Rondell White hit a solo home run in a two-run eighth inning Saturday night, lifting the Montreal Expos to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
With the score tied 2-2, White connected on the first pitch from Greg McMichael (7-2), helping send the Expos to only their fourth win in 11 games.
Montreal added an unearned run off McMichael when Yamil Benitez doubled with two outs, took third when Sean Berry reached on an error and scored on Wil Cordero’s RBI single.
David Segui singled in a run in the ninth.
Pedro Martinez (14-8) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked three. Mel Rojas pitched the ninth for his 29th save.
Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the first when Marquis Grissom tripled and scored when Martinez walked David Justice with the bases loaded.
Cordero homered, his eighth, in the bottom half. But Grissom, 9-for-18 against Martinez, doubled leading off the fifth. Pinch-runner Mike Devereaux scored on a two-out double by Fred McGriff.
Montreal tied the score 2-2 in the seventh when Mark Grudzielanek was hit on his left thigh by a Steve Avery pitch with the bases loaded.
Avery gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out 11 and walked two. He matched his career high for strikeouts, set against Cincinnati on Aug. 8, 1994.
Notes; In pre-game ceremonies, the Braves presented the organization’s minor league MVP awards to pitcher Jason Schmidt (Triple A Richmond), third baseman Robert Smith (Double A Greenville), pitcher Matt Byrd (Single A Durham), outfielder Andruw Jones (Single A Macon), outfielder Joe Trippy (Single A Eugene), pitcher Winston Abreau (Rookie League, Danville) and pitdher Odaliz Perez (Rookie League, Gulf Coast League). ... The Expos are 1-62 when trailing after eight innings. ... Mark Grudzielanek’s 10-game hitting streak ended. He went 0-for-3.