Vazquez delivers win

Associated Press
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones drove in Nate McLouth with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Starter Javier Vazquez's victory snapped a five-start streak in which he went 0-3 despite a 3.44 ERA.

ATLANTA --- Javier Vazquez is accustomed to pitching with very little run support from his Atlanta teammates.


At least this time, enough went right for Vazquez to win for the first time in six starts as he and three Braves relievers combined to shut out the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Monday night.

"You're not going to get the win every time out, but I'll take it," he said. "I like that I threw a good game and got the win."

In a makeup game caused by a June 4 rainout, the Braves won a series for the first time since completing a three-game sweep of Toronto on May 24.

The Braves had gone 0-5-3 in their past eight series. Atlanta and Chicago split the first two games of the original series June 2-3.

With the New York Yankees, Boston and Philadelphia visiting Turner Field for nine games over the next 10 days, the Braves wanted to build some momentum.

"I think we look at it more as the start of our homestand," catcher Brian McCann said. "Those are some tough teams coming up."

Atlanta, which snapped a two-game slide, ended the Cubs' four-game winning streak.

Vazquez (5-6) gave up nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The right-hander's victory snapped a five-start streak in which he went 0-3 despite a 3.44 ERA. Over Vazquez's past six starts, the Braves have scored a total of 10 runs.

"We haven't gotten anything for him," right fielder Jeff Francoeur said. "We haven't exactly torn it up for him, but the way he's been pitching all he needs is two runs every time out."

Rafael Soriano, who gave up a single and a walk, struck out the side for his sixth save in seven chances.

Chipper Jones' sacrifice fly in the seventh inning chased Ryan Dempster (4-5). Dempster allowed eight hits, two runs and four walks in 6w innings.

Nate McLouth's RBI single in the third gave the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Diory Hernandez scored from second after leading off with a walk and advancing on Vazquez's sacrifice bunt.

In the seventh, McLouth doubled with one out and moved to third on Martin Prado's single. After a mound visit from Cubs manager Lou Piniella, Dempster gave up a sacrifice fly RBI to Jones that scored McLouth for a 2-0 Atlanta lead.

Dempster is 0-2 in his past four starts, but the right-hander has a 2.10 ERA over that stretch of 25w innings.

"I've lost before when pitching well, and I'm sure I will again," he said. "But there have been times when I pitched badly and won. It evens out, but I'm not a happy camper when I lose."



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