The San Diego Padres scored their most runs at home this season in the opener of their weekend set with the Atlanta Braves. They could have a more difficult time getting on the board against Jair Jurrjens.
The right-hander has a chance to become the major's first 10-game winner Saturday night when the Braves try to prevent the Padres from matching a season high with their fourth straight victory.
Jurrjens (9-3, 2.11 ERA), New York's CC Sabathia, Detroit's Justin Verlander and Cole Hamels of Philadelphia each will try to record a 10th win Saturday. Jurrjens won 13 games in 2008 and 14 in 2009 for the Braves (43-34) before going 7-6 in 20 starts last year.
After posting a 4.34 ERA while losing two of his previous three starts, Jurrjens allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 win over Texas on Sunday.
"You go through spells like that through the season," Jurrjens said. "I just try to keep my mindset of going out there and giving my team a chance to win.
"I feel much better, (but) I'm not where I want to be."
Jurrjens was on his game at Petco Park on April 26 when he threw a nine-hitter in an 8-2 win over San Diego for his first career complete game. He has allowed three runs in 16 innings while winning his last two starts against the Padres.
San Diego (33-44), however, broke out for an 11-2 win Friday to snap the Braves' four-game winning streak and win its third in a row following a six-game skid. Atlanta pitchers had allowed just four runs the previous four contests.
Tim Stauffer pitched seven solid innings while Ryan Ludwick and Cameron Maybin each drove in two runs for the Padres, who average just 3.5 runs.
"If we start putting some things together, we're going to be all right," Stauffer said. "It was a lot of fun to be a part of. It's just good to see guys see some results of hitting the ball hard and seeing some breaks go our way."
Maybin is 5 for 11 with three RBIs his last three games. Ludwick has hit .327 with 10 RBIs in his last 11 games versus Atlanta, and .400 (6 for 15) with two doubles against Jurrjens.
First baseman Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer and Jason Heyward had two of the four hits for the Braves, who are 15-7 at Petco Park since 2005.
"We haven't had very many of these games in our young season to date," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "So, forget about it, and come back tomorrow and start a four- or five-game winning streak."
A rookie of the year candidate, Freeman has hit .319 with four homers and 15 RBIs in his last 23 games.
He has a double in two at-bats against scheduled Padres starter Dustin Moseley (2-6, 3.02), who gave up three runs in six innings of a 5-3, 13-inning win over the Braves on April 25.
Moseley, 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA his last five starts, allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-4 loss at Minnesota on Sunday in which he left with a 3-1 lead.
The right-hander has received an average of just 2.38 runs of support this season.