is accustomed to pitching with very little run support from his Atlanta teammates.
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
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
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.
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
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
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
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.''
, who gave up a single and a walk, struck out the side for his sixth save in seven chances.
' sacrifice fly in the seventh inning chased
's RBI single in the third gave the Braves a 1-0 lead.
scored from second after leading off with walk and advancing on Vazquez's sacrifice bunt.
In the seventh, McLouth doubled with one out and moved to third on
's single. After a mound visit from Cubs manager
, 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
's single in the sixth. After a mound visit from manager
and a Braves trainer, Vazquez gave up a single to
before stranding the bases loaded on
''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
and giving up
's two-out infield single. Cox pulled Vazquez and brought in right-hander
, who ended the threat on
replaced Dempster in the seventh and retired the only batter he faced.
, recalled Sunday from Triple-A Iowa, pitched a scoreless eighth.
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.''
NOTES: Lee extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games. He had an 18-game streak from April 17-May 7, 2005. ....
When McLouth was caught stealing on Jones' strikeout to end the third, it ended a streak of 30 consecutive swipes. The last
time McLouth was caught stealing was April 22, 2008, when he played for Pittsburgh. ... Piniella held outfielders
out of the lineup so both could rest. The Cubs are playing 22 straight days, a streak that began after a June 16 rainout against
. Bradley struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... Braves 2B
left after the fifth because of a leg cramp. Prado took his place.