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Arizona sweeps Montreal, eyes wild-card spot

PHOENIX (AP) -- Raul Mondesi homered on Eric Knott's first pitch
in the 10th inning Thursday night to give the Arizona Diamondbacks
a 5-4 victory over Montreal, completing a three-game sweep of the
Expos.

Mondesi, acquired from the New York Yankees on July 29, smashed
it 408 feet into the left-field seats for his first home run as a
member of the Diamondbacks.

It was Arizona's 11th one-run game in its last 13.

Knott (0-2) had pitched a hitless ninth before taking the loss.
Jose Valverde (2-0) came on to get Arizona out of a bases-load,
one-out jam in the ninth, then pitched a scoreless 10th to get the
victory.

Shea Hillenbrand drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly
and single to help the Diamondbacks pull within three games of
Philadelphia in the wild-card race.

Arizona led 4-1 after four innings, but the Expos rallied to tie
it at 4-4 on Endy Chavez's sacrifice fly in the fifth and Orlando
Cabrera's two-run homer in the sixth.

Montreal, loser of 11 of its last 13 road games, loaded the
bases against Eddie Oropesa with one out in the ninth when
pinch-hitter Wil Cordero beat out an infield single, then Edwards
Guzman and Brian Schneider walked.

Valverde relieved Oropesa and, to the surprise of just about
everybody in the ballpark, pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll attempted a
squeeze bunt on an 0-2 pitch but fouled it off for a strikeout.
Chavez flied out to center to end the threat.

Miguel Batista, winless in his last four starts, ended an
0-for-28 skid at the plate with a single and double, but failed to
hold the lead before leaving for a pinch hitter to lead off the
sixth. He allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.

Chavez and Jose Vidro began the game with singles to put runners
on first and third with no outs. Chavez scored when Vladimir
Guerrero grounded into a double play.

Arizona took the lead with a three-run third, despite only a
pair of hard-hit balls.

Batista beat out a swinging-bunt for a single. Matt Kata reached
on a fielder's choice, moved to third on Junior Spivey's single off
the glove of third baseman Guzman, then scored on Luis Gonzalez's
bloop single.

Hillenbrand's sacrifice fly brought home Spivey. Mondesi singled
and Carlos Baerga walked to load the bases, then starter Tomo Ohka
hit Danny Bautista to force in a run and make it 3-1.

Batista doubled to lead off the fourth, advanced to third on
Kata's groundout, then scored on Hillenbrand's two-out single after
Gonzalez was walked intentionally, and Arizona led 4-1.

Schneider led off the fifth with a double, moved to third on a
groundout and scored on Chavez's sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.
Guerrero singled to start the third, then Cabrera hit the first
pitch off the left-field foul pole for his 16th homer to tie it at
4-4.

Ohka lasted just four innings, allowing four runs on eight
hits.

Game notes
Arizona is 22-20 in one-run games this season. ...
Cabrera's 16 homers is a record for Expos shortstops, eclipsing
Cordero's 15 in 1994. ... Arizona has won six in a row at home
against Montreal. ... Hillenbrand has 33 RBI in 40 games with
Arizona.