Vazquez shines in Atlanta's win over Detroit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday April 3, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- Javier Vazquez pitched four perfect innings to continue a strong spring showing by Atlanta's starters and Omar Infante hit a two-run homer to lead the Braves to a 3-1 exhibition win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Vazquez needed only 40 pitches, including 30 strikes, to retire each of the 12 batters he faced.

Atlanta starters have a 2.38 ERA and 13-5 record with only Saturday's exhibition against the Tigers remaining before Sunday's opener at Philadelphia.

Vazquez, acquired in an offseason trade with the Chicago White Sox, and five relievers combined for a five-hitter. Detroit's Zach Miner gave up four hits and three runs in 4 2-3 innings. He walked four batters.

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