ATLANTA (Ticker) --
continued his mastery of the
, enabling the St. Louis Cardinals to remain dominant on the road.
Williams carried a shutout into the seventh inning and St. Louis held on for a 4-1 victory over Atlanta.
Williams (9-6) allowed just three hits - one a solo homer by
to open the seventh - and struck out four in seven innings. The veteran righthander improved to 4-0 with a 1.94 ERA vs. the Braves in his career and is 6-0 overall since losing to the
on June 8.
"He's got our number," Jones said. "He's had our number for a few years. He doesn't throw hard, but he's got very good control."
"Woody's been a terrific pitcher for years," Atlanta manager
said. "He's a well kept secret around baseball. The guy can really pitch. He throws the ball where he wants to."
For his part, Williams downplayed his success against the Braves.
"I have no idea why that is or how good it is," said Williams, who has scattered just seven hits in two starts against Atlanta this season. "I think it's just a fluke thing. They have a good lineup. They hit the ball hard. If they found holes or gaps, it's a different story."
threw a perfect ninth for his 32nd save as the Cardinals won for the 13th time in their last 16 road games.
St. Louis mustered all of the offense it needed on a sacrifice fly by
in the fourth, a solo homer by
in the sixth and
's two-run shot in the seventh.
It was Walker's second homer for the Cardinals since joining the team on August 6.
"I went to left field on a fastball," Walker said. "I'm still unfamiliar with my swing. I don't know if tonight was the start of something."
St. Louis improved to 5-1 since acquiring Walker from the
"Everything is different now because we are in a pennant race," Walker said. "But I take the same approach towards the game once the first pitch happens."
(4-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six in a losing effort. Byrd, who had won his previous two starts, fell to 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA in his career vs. the Cardinals.
"That last pitch to Walker was away off the plate, maybe up a little bit," Byrd said. "You have to tip your hat and give him credit. That was the straw that broke the camel's back."
"That's a good lineup," Cox said. "You hold them to three or four runs, I think you did a pretty good job."
Prior to his solo shot, Jones was just 1-for-22 vs. Williams in his career. He joined starting pitcher
as the only two players on Atlanta's roster to have a homer off Williams.
"I hit a 3-2 pitch leading off an inning where (Williams) didn't want to walk the guy up four runs," Jones said. "Nobody is getting too excited over here about that. If I can't hit that pitch, maybe I should move down in the lineup."
The three hits collected by the Braves were their fewest in a game since Arizona Diamondback's ace
tossed a perfect game against them on May 18.