Vazquez overcomes two homers by Andruw Jones to beat Braves
PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Except for
had little trouble figuring out the
Vazquez surrendered two solo home runs to Jones but little else, leading the
to a 3-2 triumph over the Braves.
Entering with losses in five of his previous six starts, Vazquez (9-9) was brilliant in this one, allowing two runs and three hits in eight innings. He walked two, struck out a season-high 11 and departed after throwing 112 pitches.
"My pitches were working and I mixed them up pretty good," Vazquez said. "I was not as easy as it looked, Andrew is hot and hitting everything. I wasn't doing anything different or special, strike outs just happen."
"Javier has been great for us," Diamondbacks manager
said. "His record indicates he has had his share of ups and downs but every time we have needed him he has been there for us and this was a huge game for us."
Other than Jones' homers, Vazquez allowed just a two-out single to Atlanta starter
in the third inning.
"We ran into the old Vazquez as we knew him in Montreal," Braves manager
made it a ballgame but Vazquez was extremely tough. We didn't have a great hitting series, that's for sure."
After retiring the side in order in the eighth, Vazquez was replaced by
, who worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.
The Diamondbacks gave Vazquez a lead to work with in the opening inning as
delivered an RBI single and
plated a run with a groundout.
"That is what I like, getting in their in one-run games," Bruney said. "The numbers don't lie. I don't do very well when the game is not close. I love closing. You guys know I gave up the home run that cost us the Olympics. If I can deal with something like that, what is a game when I give up four runs."
Jones homered with two outs in the fourth to get the Braves on the board before
belted his 15th blast in the bottom on the inning, giving the Diamondbacks a 3-1 advantage.
Jones completed his fifth multi-homer game of the season in the seventh. He has 32 homers on the season, tying fellow All-Star
for the major league lead.
"Vazquez was mixing his pitches out there but he made a couple of pitches to me and I took him," said Jones, who has 11 career homers at Bank One Ballpark. "This is a nice park to hit with that big wall in center field. The ball is coming out of the pitchers hand pretty good and you get pitches to hit."
Ramirez (8-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. The lefthander walked three and struck out three.
The Diamondbacks completed a 3-3 homestand and pulled within 2 1/2 games of first-place San Diego in the National League West Division.
"We have to forget about that and take care of our own business," Melvin said. "If you get consumed and hoping a team loses then all your energy is not going toward winning a ballgame. Once we get into September then you can watch the scoreboard."