SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Russ Ortiz pitched seven scoreless innings to put the Atlanta Braves over .500 for the first time in nearly a month with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Expos on Tuesday night.
Atlanta (42-41) has won 10 of 13 since June 24, when the Braves were 32-38. They last had a winning record at 29-28 on June 9.
After allowing back-to-back singles to Brad Wilkerson and Endy Chavez to start the game, Ortiz (9-6) retired 14 of the next 16 batters, walking Carl Everett in the first and Wilkerson in the third.
Ortiz pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out three.
John Smoltz got the final out of the eighth and pitched the ninth for his 15th save of the season.
It was the 12th time Montreal has been shut out this season, most in the majors, and the sixth shutout for Atlanta.
Mark DeRosa was walked by Scott Downs to start the seventh and, after one out, Rafael Furcal doubled to right-center field. Joe Horgan relieved and intentionally walked Eli Marrero. J.D. Drew's hard grounder to first was bobbled by Nick Johnson, allowing DeRosa to score.
Downs (0-3) worked 6 1-3 innings, and allowed seven hits. He walked three and struck out four.
The Braves --a day after scoring eight runs in 1 1-3 innings against Zach Day-- could not do much against Downs in the first five innings, managing only four hits.
Atlanta only had one runner in scoring position during that span, when Andruw Jones and Julio Franco hit consecutive singles in the fourth.
Notes: The attendance of 7,697 was the lowest in the 38 "home" games the Expos have played in Hiram Bithorn Stadium. ... Marrero hit a single on a hard bouncer to third in the sixth that Tony Batista barehanded, beating the throw to first. Drew followed with a bunt hit to the same spot that Batista also barehanded. ... Batista went 1-for-4 and is still four hits shy of 1,000 for his career.
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