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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 last eight series. Atlanta and Chicago split the first two games of the original series June 2-3.
With the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies 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," Braves 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 last six starts, the Braves have scored a total of 10 runs.
"We haven't gotten anything for him," Atlanta 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.
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 last four starts, but the right-hander has a 2.10 ERA over that stretch of 25 2/3 innings.
"I've lost before when pitching well and I'm sure I will again," Dempster 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."
The Braves improved to 4-22 when scoring two runs or less.
Dempster allowed eight hits, two runs and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out six.
Vazquez strained his neck while lunging to catch Micah Hoffpauir's single in the sixth. After a mound visit from manager Bobby Cox and a Braves trainer, Vazquez gave up a single to Geovany Soto and walked Mike Fontenot before stranding the bases loaded on Andres Blanco's flyout.
"Nothing big," Vazquez said. "I just threw a pitch there, and the guy got a hit to center field. When I tried to get [the ball], I felt a little electricity in the neck, but it was nothing."
In the seventh, Vazquez retired the first two batters before walking Kosuke Fukudome and giving up Jake Fox's two-out infield single. Cox pulled Vazquez and brought in right-hander Peter Moylan, who ended the threat on Derrek Lee's flyout.
The Cubs left 12 of the game's 21 runners on base. Individually, Chicago hitters combined to strand 19 runners.
"We got enough hits," Piniella said. "We just didn't get them with men on base."
|Chipper Jones drives in his 32nd run of the season with a sac fly in the seventh. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Theriot, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Kosuke Fukudome, CF||3||0||0||0||2||1||3||.266|
|Jake Fox, LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.308|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.286|
|Micah Hoffpauir, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.261|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.225|
|Mike Fontenot, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Andres Blanco, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||4||.245|
|Ryan Dempster, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.094|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Kevin Hart, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Milton Bradley, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.247|
|a-struck out for Hart in the 9th|
|SH - Ryan Dempster (2)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Soto-Fontenot, Theriot-Blanco-Lee|
|Ryan Dempster (L,4-5)||6.2||8||2||2||4||6||0||3.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 118-74, Sean Marshall 2-2, Kevin Hart 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 7-5, Sean Marshall 1-0, Kevin Hart 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 30, Sean Marshall 1, Kevin Hart 4|
|Nate McLouth, CF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.264|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.225|
|Martin Prado, 2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||2||0||1||1||1||1||2||.299|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.318|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.285|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.264|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.249|
|Diory Hernandez, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||.118|
|Javier Vazquez, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.074|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Gregor Blanco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.063|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Diaz, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.274|
|a-struck out for Moylan in the 7th|
|2B - Nate McLouth (12, Dempster), Chipper Jones (12, Dempster), Garret Anderson (9, Dempster), Jeff Francoeur (7, Dempster)|
|SF - Chipper Jones (2)|
|SH - Javier Vazquez (10)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (44), Chipper Jones (32)|
|SB - Nate McLouth (10, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto)|
|CS - Nate McLouth (1, 3rd base by Dempster/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Johnson-Hernandez-Kotchman|
|Javier Vazquez (W,5-6)||6.2||9||0||0||2||5||0||3.18|
|Peter Moylan (H,9)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.73|
|Mike Gonzalez (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.18|
|Rafael Soriano (S,6)||1||1||0||0||1||3||0||1.38|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 116-74, Peter Moylan 2-2, Mike Gonzalez 14-9, Rafael Soriano 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 8-6, Mike Gonzalez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 30, Peter Moylan 1, Mike Gonzalez 3, Rafael Soriano 5|
|Attendance - 31701|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Bill Welke|