ATLANTA (AP) - Javier Vazquez pitched seven scoreless innings, everyone in the Atlanta lineup contributed to a 17-hit attack and the Braves romped past the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Thursday night, avoiding a sweep and moving closer in the wild-card race.
Vazquez (11-9) snapped his first two-game losing streak of the season, allowing five hits, and went on cruise control after the Braves put up five runs in the second. He struck out six, didn't walk anyone and threw only 88 pitches before turning it over to the bullpen.
Adam LaRoche homered as Atlanta closed within 4½ games of wild-card leader Colorado, which lost to Los Angeles 3-2. Will Venable homered off Buddy Carlyle with two outs in the ninth to ruin the shutout bid.
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