ATLANTA (AP) -No matter how hard he tried,
couldn't get hit by ball three in his helmet, so he made certain the next pitch from
hit his bat.
Diaz drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off McClellan in the eighth inning, rallying the
to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
With St. Louis leading 1-0, McClellan (1-1) walked
to set the stage for Diaz's go-ahead hit with two outs.
McClellan threw his 2-2 pitch behind Diaz's head. Diaz didn't exactly jump out of the way.
''I was hoping it would hit my head,'' Diaz said. ''I could not believe it didn't hit my head. I guess I lost too much weight.''
Diaz, who lost more than 20 pounds in the offseason, reached out to slap McClellan's 3-2 pitch up the middle, driving in Infante
Diaz was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before the hit.
''I've been struggling with strikeouts,'' he said. ''I was just trying to put the ball in play.''
McClellan said the walk to Infante was an ominous start.
''In a one-run game, you have to get the leadoff man,'' McClellan said. ''If you don't, eventually it's going to beat you.
It didn't go my way. ... I didn't make pitches. I put myself in trouble.''
Added St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
of McClellan: ''The only thing he did wrong was walk the leadoff man.''
McClellan said he didn't regret the free pass to Jones, who walked in each of his four plate appearances. The Braves have
and No. 5 hitter
on the disabled list, so the Cardinals issued five walks to Jones in the first two games of the series.
''I had to put him on,'' McClellan said. ''Chipper is one you obviously pitch around.''
pitched six scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead despite fighting an upset stomach.
''I almost threw up in the bullpen,'' Lohse said. ''It's been going around. ... A couple of times I barely got off the field.''
(1-1) pitched a perfect eighth after Jo-Jo Reyes allowed only three hits, one walk and one run in seven innings.
struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in four chances. Gonzalez struck out
on three straight called strikes for the second out. Gonzalez threw Pujols three straight balls to begin the at-bat.
''After I saw Matty get up there and do what he did and get those runs, I said there's no chance we can let this game go,''
Gonzalez said. ''There's no chance they're going to touch the plate.''
Reyes retired 13 consecutive batters after giving up a single to Lohse with two outs in the second. Reyes, who lost his last
seven decisions in 2008 and his first decision this season, avoided becoming the first Braves pitcher to have nine straight
''That's the best ball game I've seen Jo-Jo throw,'' said Braves manager
, who said the left-hander is following pitching coach
's advice by not trying to overpower every batter.
''He just started getting the idea that he's a pitcher, not a flame-thrower,'' Cox said. ''It's just a work in progress.''
Lohse gave up four hits with four walks in six innings to lower his ERA to 1.97.
had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the first, to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Braves wasted a scoring chance in the third inning when
hit a one-out single and moved to second on Jones' walk. Escobar ran past third base on Kotchman's groundout and was thrown
out trying to return to the base for an inning-ending double play.
made a diving catch of pinch-hitter
's drive in left-center field to end the seventh inning.
Notes: The three hits allowed by the Braves set a season low. ... Clary finished 1-10 in 1990 and didn't make another major