Series: Game 3 of 3

Atlanta won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 11
St. Louis0
Game 2: Saturday, September 12
St. Louis6
Game 3: Sunday, September 13
St. Louis2

Braves 9

(75-68, 40-35 away)

Cardinals 2

(84-60, 43-29 home)

    2:15 PM ET, September 13, 2009

    Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri 

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    W: J. Vazquez (13-9)

    L: C. Carpenter (16-4)

    Carpenter takes first loss since June as Vazquez goes distance vs. Cards

    Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS -- Javier Vazquez doesn't think he was ever this efficient.

    Vazquez needed just 94 pitches to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Chris Carpenter in a 9-2 win on Sunday.

    Fast Facts

    • Javier Vazquez tossed the 25th complete game of his career, holding the Cardinals scoreless until the ninth inning.

    • Chris Carpenter allowed a season-high seven runs. He gave up six in the third inning alone, the most he's surrendered in a single inning since allowing seven in the fifth at Texas on Aug. 4, 1998.

    • The Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Cards. St. Louis hadn't been swept since losing three straight at Houston July 20-22. It hadn't been swept at home since dropping four straight to Colorado June 5-8.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press

    "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 Skip Schumaker 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."

    Carpenter, a Cy Young 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, Adam LaRoche hit a two-run double down the right-field line. Yunel Escobar then singled in two runs and Matt Diaz finished the scoring with a two-run ground-rule double.

    "We were just able to put together some big hits with two outs," Kelly Johnson said. "Just getting those big hits, that was the ballgame."

    Atlanta finished Carpenter's day in the sixth when Nate McLouth 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 Bobby Cox 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 Giants' Tim Lincecum (2.34).

    The Braves made it 8-0 in the eighth when David Ross doubled home Diaz off reliever Brad Thompson.

    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.

    Matt Holliday 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."

    Game notes

    The Cardinals are now 5-2 against Atlanta when Carpenter starts...Braves C Brian McCann whose two run double was the game winner yesterday, is 8-for-13 (.615) since snapping an 0-for-20 spell last Thursday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumBusch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
    Attendance41,179 (93.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:08
    Weather79 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind8 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tim Mcclelland, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Greg Gibson