Though they have no playoff hopes, the Montreal Expos proved that they can still play a role in determining who gets to go to the postseason.
Geoff Blum's triple drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth inning Sunday as the Montreal Expos spoiled Pete Harnisch's second attempt for his 100th career victory with an 8-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
The win was Montreal's second straight comeback victory over the Reds, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the NL Central race.
Trailing 6-5 with runners on first and second and two outs, Blum tripled to put the Expos ahead and chase Harnisch (13-8).
"It's been a while since I've been in that situation, to be able to put the team ahead like that with runners on base," Blum said. "That's probably one of the first times I haven't chased a bad pitch and gotten myself out."
Harnisch, who lost his previous start to end a personal eight-game winning streak, had a 5-0 lead and held Montreal hitless through the first four innings before the Expos scored five times in the fifth to tie the game.
"It was embarrassing, as simple as that," Harnisch said. "You blow a five-run lead, score six runs, you should be able to win."
Cincinnati still has the best road record in the majors at 40-22, despite losing six of its last eight road games.
The Reds will play host to a three-game series against Atlanta, owners of the best record in the majors, beginning Monday. The Braves swept a thre-game series from Cincinnati last weekend at Turner Field.
"We've got to go right at those guys," Reds first baseman Sean Casey said. "They took it to us in Atlanta and we need to step it up a little bit when they come to our place."
Michael Barrett doubled with two outs in the bottom half of the inning to start Montreal's three-run rally. Shane Andrews walked and Blum tripled past Hammonds' diving attempt in center field to put the Expos ahead 7-6.
Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 40 opportunities.
Harnisch, who gave up eight runs, allowed seven hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.
"It's all on me," Harnisch said. "I've got to be able to hold them down late enough to where we can win this game, it's as simple as that."
Ryan McGuire's pinch-hit two-run triple and Orlando Merced's two-out solo homer his eighth keyed Montreal's five-run rally against Harnisch in the fifth.
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