By Matt Snyder
Jair Jurrjens of the Braves has been one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the National League in 2011, and the Orioles are seeing it first hand Friday night. Jurrjens had a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings before an Adam Jones seeing-eye single up the middle broke it up. And that ended up being the only hit Jurrjens allowed all night, as he put together a one-hit shutout in the Braves' 4-0 win.
Jurrjens' counterpart, Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was nearly keeping pace for a bit as the score was 0-0 with Guthrie having given up only one hit and one walk through five. That changed in the sixth, as a Jason Heyward two-run homer gave the Braves the lead for good.
Jurrjens, 25, came into Friday night 10-3 with a 2.07 ERA and is almost certainly headed to his first All-Star Game in less than two weeks. In fact, his name will be in the mix as the possible starter.
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