Vazquez shuts out Astros in Braves' 2-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) - Javier Vazquez struck out nine in seven shutout
innings and the Atlanta Braves snapped a five-game losing skid with
a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Adam LaRoche and Nate McLouth hit solo homers off Felipe Paulino
for Atlanta.

Vazquez (12-9) allowed three hits and Rafael Soriano gave up a
run in the ninth, but earned his 22nd save as Atlanta snapped
Houston's four-game winning streak.

Miguel Tejada led off the ninth with a triple to center and
scored on Hunter Pence's single. Geoff Blum grounded into a double
play and pinch hitter Aaron Boone lined out to end it.

Paulino (2-8) gave up four hits and struck out six in six
innings to lose his fourth straight decision. The Astros have lost
his last seven starts.


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