CINCINNATI (AP) -- Reliever Steve Kline excitedly described his scary moment. Second baseman Jose Vidro looked for a replay. Manager Felipe Alou counted bodies.
The Montreal Expos ended a brutal road trip with a thrill-a-minute win Thursday night that was momentarily soothing for a team still facing a rough stretch.
Vidro's diving catch behind second base in the ninth inning helped Kline close out a 9-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds that brought a tough 10-day, three-city trip to a close.
''Don't get too excited,'' Alou cautioned. ''That's the way it is.''
He was talking about his injury-depleted pitching staff, which suffered one hit after another during stops in San Francisco, San Diego and Cincinnati.
Montreal won the first game and the last two on the 3-6 trip. In between, the Expos lost pitchers Matt Blank, Mike Thurman and Hideki Irabu and catcher Chris Widger to injuries.
That's why Kline was on the mound feeling like he was on a first date when a 33-hit game came down to one sensational defensive play.
With runners at first and second and one out in the ninth, Dmitri Young hit a liner that narrowly missed Kline and was headed for center until Vidro extended himself in the air and got the ball in the web of his glove.
''I was very emotional after I made that play,'' said Vidro, who kept glancing at the clubhouse television hoping to see it again. ''With two on and one out, it would have at least been bases loaded or one more run.''
With Ken Griffey Jr. on deck for what would have been his first pinch-hit appearance since 1992, Kline got Sean Casey to fly out to left, ending it.
''I'm still shaking,'' said Kline, who becomes a closer while Dustin Hermanson heads back into the depleted rotation. ''It's a totally different lifestyle as a closer. I found that out tonight.''
In other NL games, Chicago beat Atlanta 5-3 and Arizona defeated St. Louis 4-0.
''I felt like I was on my first date,'' Kline said. ''I'm not going to lie, I was as nervous as could be. I didn't take a breath the whole time. My face was turning redder and redder.''
The Expos were crestfallen when they lost the first game of the series in Cincinnati, extending their losing streak to six games and their hitting slump to seven.
They broke out during a 10-4 win Wednesday by getting 16 hits, and went one better in the finale. Montreal had a season-high 17 hits, with every starter getting at least one.
Ron Villone (6-2) gave up 11 hits and eight runs -- both career highs -- in four-plus innings, leaving with the Expos ahead 8-2. The left-hander won his previous four decisions, but simply didn't have it this time.
''I didn't fool anybody,'' Villone said. ''I had too many pitches in the strike zone. I was trying to put the ball to one side or the other and I didn't. Even when I did, they hit it. They hit a whole lot of line drives.''
So did the Reds, who once again were a riddle to Javier Vazquez (6-1). He came in with a 2.79 ERA that was fourth-best in the NL and left with it inflated to 3.41.
''Javy didn't have his best stuff and they took advantage of it,'' Vidro said.
It always seems to happen that way. In his three previous starts against the Reds, Vazquez went 0-2 and gave up 16 runs in 15 innings. This time, Dante Bichette's two-run homer cut it to 9-7 in the seventh, setting up the frantic finish.
At the midway point of their longest homestand of the season, the Reds are 2-4 and looking for reasons for optimism. With the slumping Griffey getting his first game of rest this season, Michael Tucker took over in center and had three hits, Bichette had four and the slumping Casey went 3-for-5.
''That was a tough one, but we got some positives out of it,'' manager Jack McKeon said. ''We started to swing the bats. Hopefully, that will be the start of something good. We just gave them too many runs early.''
Cubs 5, Braves 3
Tom Glavine (7-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, his shortest outing of the season, as Chicago beat Atlanta.
The victory prevented the Braves from sweeping the Cubs for the first time since July 28-30, 1997. Atlanta hasn't swept a series at Wrigley Field since 1994.
The game, a makeup of Wednesday's rainout, drew only 5,267, the smallest crowd at Wrigley since Sept. 23, 1986, when 4,684 showed up for a game against Montreal.
Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 0
Matt Williams, Steve Finley and Luis Gonzalez homered to lead Arizona past visiting St. Louis.
Armando Reynoso (4-4) pitched seven strong innings for the win.
Andy Benes (4-3), facing his former team for the first time, allowed six hits -- three homers -- in 6 2-3 innings.
Mark McGwire, who hit his major league-leading 21st homer off Randy Johnson on Wednesday night, was given the night off.
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