Javier Vazquez has learned his lesson; he can win, just as long as he doesn’t allow any runs. He was not actually that sharp, allowing nine hits in 6 2/3, but all the hits were singles; he struck out five and walked two. In addition to not giving up any runs, the obvious need for Vazquez is to limit homers, which has throughout his career been his big problem.
The Braves got a run in the third when Diory Hernandez (playing for a gimpy Yunel) walked and went to second on a Vazquez bunt, then came home on a single from McLouth. The Braves had a shot at another run, but Chipper struck out and McLouth was thrown out at third running. The Braves, typically, still can’t score from first on a double with two out; both Kotchman (on a Groundhog double in the fourth) and KJ (on a Chipper double in the fifth) got stranded at third. The Braves finally got an insurance run in the seventh, when McLouth doubled with one out, went to third on a single, and scored on a sac fly by Chipper.
Moylan finished the seventh. Gonzalez pitched a perfect eighth, but Soriano ran into a little trouble in the ninth, allowing a leadoff hit and a two-out walk before getting a strikeout (he actually struck out the side) to end it.