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ATLANTA -- Mark Teixeira and Yunel Escobar ended all doubts that rookie Jair Jurrjens' debut in Atlanta would be a success.
Teixeira hit a two-run homer and Escobar added a three-run shot in Atlanta's seven-run eighth inning and the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 Wednesday night.
Teixeira, 1-for-13 before his homer, said he followed the advice of his hitting coach.
"Terry Pendleton was kidding me saying 'Try to hit the ball at somebody and maybe they won't catch it,"' Teixeira said.
Teixeira's aim was good -- if he was targeting fans in the center field seats.
Jurrjens, acquired in the offseason deal that sent Edgar Renteria to Detroit, gave up seven hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings to help the Braves avoid an 0-3 start. Jurrjens struck out five with only one walk.
"He was great. That's what we expect from him," Teixeira said. "That's a lot of pressure on a young kid, but he's shown good things and he stepped up tonight and showed how good he can be. We like to see strikes from young guys."
Jurrjens (1-0) gave up only four hits in five scoreless innings before tiring in the sixth. He was pulled after giving up three hits in the inning, including Xavier Nady's two-run double.
Jurrjens said he began to overthrow in the sixth. Even so, manager Bobby Cox called the rookie "sensational ... very, very impressive."
Pittsburgh first baseman Adam LaRoche said his former Atlanta teammates promised that Jurrjens was special.
"I remember talking to some of the guys out of camp," LaRoche said. "They said, 'Wait until you see this kid throw.' I guess he was awesome in spring training. They said his changeup is just incredible."
LaRoche was convinced. "That's some of the best I've seen out of a young kid like that," he said.
Jurrjens received an ovation when he left after giving up a single to Ryan Doumit, moving Nady to third.
"That's nice, especially coming over in a trade," Jurrjens said. "Especially the first one at home, you try to impress the fans."
With one out, runners on first and third and the Braves leading 3-2, Jeff Bennett relieved Jurrjens.
Chipper Jones protected the lead when he started a double play on Jose Bautista's broken-bat grounder to third. Jones maintained his focus as part of Bautista's bat headed toward his feet.
"To me, that was the turning point of the game," Cox said. "... That's pretty good concentration to do that with the bat flying at you."
Tom Gorzelanny (0-1) gave up six hits and three runs with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings.
The Braves led 3-2 before the big eighth inning.
After Tyler Yates walked Jones, Damaso Marte gave up Teixeira's two-run homer. Marte gave up another run on three straight singles to Jeff Francoeur, Brian McCann and Matt Diaz.
Evan Meek, making his major league debut, gave up a run-scoring single to Martin Prado and Escobar's three-run homer to left.
Jones had an RBI single in the first and a sac fly in the third. Diaz hit an opposite-field homer just inside the right-field foul pole off Gorzelanny in the fourth to make it 3-0.
Nady, who hit two homers and drove in four runs in the Pirates' 12-11 win over the Braves on Monday, has six RBI in two games.
Yates gave up one run in two-thirds of an inning one week after he was traded from Atlanta to the Pirates. ... LHP Mike Hampton will start for the Braves on Thursday, his first appearance since Aug. 19, 2005. Hampton is making a comeback after two elbow surgeries. ... C Ryan Doumit had two hits while making his second straight start. ... LaRoche was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
|Players of the Game|
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|Nate McLouth, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.444|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.556|
|Jason Bay, LF||2||1||1||0||2||1||1||.125|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.200|
|Xavier Nady, RF||3||0||1||2||1||0||1||.500|
|Ryan Doumit, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.455|
|Jose Bautista, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.111|
|Jack Wilson, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Chris Gomez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Yates, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Damaso Marte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Evan Meek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Luis Rivas, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Gorzelanny in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Meek in the 9th|
|2B - Nate McLouth (1, Jurrjens)|
|RBI - Xavier Nady 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, F. Sanchez-J. Wilson-LaRoche|
|E - Freddy Sanchez (1, Throwing)|
|Tom Gorzelanny (L,0-1)||6||6||3||3||3||3||1||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 95-54, John Grabow 10-6, Tyler Yates 11-6, Damaso Marte 12-8, Evan Meek 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 7-6, John Grabow 1-0, Damaso Marte 1-0, Evan Meek 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 25, John Grabow 2, Tyler Yates 3, Damaso Marte 5, Evan Meek 4|
|Martin Prado, 2B||4||3||2||1||1||0||1||.286|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||1||2||3||1||2||2||.455|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.385|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||0||4||.143|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Brian McCann, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.308|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.231|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||.182|
|Jair Jurrjens, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Jeff Bennett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brayan Pena, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Royce Ring, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ruben Gotay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Acosta in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Resop in the 8th|
|3B - Martin Prado (1, Gorzelanny)|
|HR - Yunel Escobar (1, Meek), Mark Teixeira (1, Marte), Matt Diaz (1, Gorzelanny)|
|SF - Chipper Jones (1)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (1), Yunel Escobar 3 (6), Chipper Jones 2 (6), Mark Teixeira 2 (2), Matt Diaz 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (1), Yunel Escobar 3 (3), Matt Diaz (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Jones-Prado-Teixeira|
|Jair Jurrjens (W,1-0)||5.1||7||2||2||1||5||0||3.38|
|Jeff Bennett (H,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|Manny Acosta (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||21.60|
|Peter Moylan (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||4.50|
|Royce Ring (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Chris Resop (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||6.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 88-57, Manny Acosta 12-6, Peter Moylan 10-5, Royce Ring 4-3, Chris Resop 14-7, Will Ohman 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-4, Jeff Bennett 1-0, Manny Acosta 1-2, Peter Moylan 1-0, Will Ohman 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 24, Jeff Bennett 1, Manny Acosta 3, Peter Moylan 2, Royce Ring 1, Chris Resop 2, Will Ohman 3|
|Attendance - 17893|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West|