CHICAGO (AP) - Javier Vazquez allowed a run and five hits in
seven strong innings and Brian McCann had two two-out RBIs as the
Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Vazquez (6-7), backed by some fine infield play from shortstop
Yunel Escobar and second baseman Brooks Conrad, outpitched Carlos
Zambrano. In his last nine starts, Vazquez has two wins - both
against the Cubs. He walked none and struck out six.
Mike Gonzalez worked the eighth, surviving a double by Ryan
Theriot, and Rafael Soriano got his ninth save in 10 chances by
pitching the ninth.
Zambrano (4-4), who was pitching on three days' rest, allowed
five hits and two runs in six innings and hasn't won since June 6 -
a stretch of six starts.