PHOENIX (AP) – Javier Vazquez struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks withstood a pair of home runs by Andruw Jones to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday.

Part-time player Tony Clark hit his 15th home run for the Diamondbacks, who won a home series for the first time in a month to climb within 2 games of sinking San Diego in the anemic NL West.

The loss kept Atlanta tied with Washington atop the NL East. The Braves finished a 10-game road trip 5-5 and open a three-game series at home against the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Vazquez (9-9) allowed only three hits, but two of them were 31st and 32nd home runs of the season for Jones, tying him with Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs for most in the majors. Beginning with his game-winner in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 3-2 victory, Jones had three homers in four at-bats, all of them solo shots.

Vazquez walked two in going at least eight innings for the seventh time this season, third in his last four starts. Luis Gonzalez singled, doubled and drove in a run for Arizona.

Brian Bruney pitched the ninth, getting Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones to ground out with a man on for his 11th save in 14 chances.

Horacio Ramirez (8-6) allowed two runs in the first, then settled down. He gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking three, one intentionally.

Royce Clayton led off the first with a hustle play that turned into an infield single. Clayton grounded to first, then slid headfirst into the base to beat Ramirez covering the bag.

Alex Cintron followed with a sharp grounder that deflected off Ramirez’s glove into left field to put runners at first and third. Gonzalez singled Clayton home, then Cintron scored on Troy Glaus’ groundout to make it 2-0.

Vazquez struck out the first two batters in the fourth, but Jones lofted an 0-1 pitch just over the left-field fence to cut the lead to 2-1. It was Jones’ fourth homer of the road trip.

Clark’s towering, 426-foot homer onto the overhang in right-center, on the first pitch he saw in the fourth boosted Arizona’s edge to 3-1. Jones’ opposite-field homer leading off the seventh, on a 1-1 pitch, cut the lead to 3-2.

Notes: Atlanta C Johnny Estrada, who left Saturday night’s game with a lower back strain, was not in the lineup on Sunday. … Arizona was the only NL West team to win a game in eight matchups against NL East teams Saturday and Sunday. … Ramirez’s loss was only his second in 11 starts since the end of May. … Clayton was 13-for-27 in the homestand. … Andruw Jones needs five homers to break his single-season best of 36.


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