doesn't think he was ever this efficient.
Vazquez needed just 94 pitches to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals, and the
in a 9-2 win on Sunday.
''I don't remember throwing a complete game with less than 100 pitches,'' Vazquez said. ''Usually I'm at 100 pitches by the
seventh inning. I feel really good about that.''
Vazquez allowed a leadoff single to
and then retired the next 17 batters before Schumaker reached on an infield single in the sixth. It was the 25th complete
game of Vazquez's career and his second of the season.
Vazquez (13-9) has won his last three decisions. He stuck out eight while walking none. He threw just 94 pitches.
St. Louis hadn't been swept since losing three in a row at Houston July 20-22 and hadn't been swept at home since losing four
straight to the Colorado Rockies June 5-8.
''We got beat in two one-run games,'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''Today, we just got pounded.''
candidate, had his worst outing of the season. He allowed seven earned runs on nine hits in six innings.
''I made some bad pitches but I also made some good pitches,'' Carpenter said. ''I just wasn't able to make a pitch to get
out of the inning, bottom line.''
After getting two quick outs to start the third, Carpenter (16-4) gave up six runs. With the bases loaded,
hit a two-run double down the right-field line.
then singled in two runs and
finished the scoring with a two-run ground-rule double.
''We were just able to put together some big hits with two outs,''
said. ''Just getting those big hits, that was the ballgame.''
Atlanta finished Carpenter's day in the sixth when
singled to right to score Diaz, who had been hit by a pitch leading off.
''We did a lot of hitting against a great pitcher,'' Braves manager
said. ''I don't know what it was today about Carpenter. We were able to hit line drives and find holes. Even in the first
two innings we hit about four balls really hard.''
The loss was Carpenter's first since June 30th when the
San Francisco Giants
beat the Cardinals 6-3 snapping his 11-game winning streak. Carpenter's league-leading 2.16 ERA jumped to 2.45. He now trails
The Braves made it 8-0 in the eighth when
doubled home Diaz off reliever
LaRoche hit a solo shot in the ninth, his 22nd of the season. He has now hit safely in 26 of his last 29 games.
had a two-run single in the ninth for the Cardinals.
''He's had a good year,'' Holliday said about Vazquez. ''He got a big lead early and it allowed him to dictate how he pitched
and he made it tough on us.''
NOTES: The Cardinals are now 5-2 against Atlanta when Carpenter starts...Braves C
whose two run double was the game winner yesterday, is 8-for-13 (.615) since snapping an 0-for-20 spell last Thursday.