Braves Nip Astros

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Javier Vazquez struck out nine in seven shutout innings and the Atlanta Braves snapped a five-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Adam LaRoche and Nate McLouth hit solo homers off Felipe Paulino for Atlanta.
Vazquez (12-9) allowed three hits and Rafael Soriano gave up a run in the ninth, but earned his 22nd save as Atlanta snapped Houston's four-game winning streak.
Miguel Tejada led off the ninth with a triple to center and scored on Hunter Pence's single. Geoff Blum grounded into a double play and pinch hitter Aaron Boone lined out to end it.
Paulino (2-8) gave up four hits and struck out six in six innings to lose his fourth straight decision. The Astros have lost his last seven starts.


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