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Chipper breaks 'slump,' Jurrjens strong to help Braves topple Rockies

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DENVER -- Jair Jurrjens missed a step in the dugout in Chicago last week, rolling an ankle and forcing him to skip a start.

The Atlanta rookie didn't miss a step in his return Monday night, pitching into the eighth without allowing a run as the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 7-1 in a makeup game from a snowout in April.

"He was phenomenal tonight," catcher Brian McCann said. "He made his pitches when he had to."

The layoff was good for Jurrjens, giving a bothersome blister on his thumb more time to heal.

"I feel like I got my changeup back today," he said. "Maybe it was the altitude, the air? I had a really good feeling today."

Jurrjens (7-3) won for the seventh time this season, tops among rookies in the major leagues. He struck out seven and allowed eight hits in a career-high 7 2/3 innings.

Neither the blister nor the ankle gave him any trouble.

"Everything's fine," Jurrjens said. "I tried to have fun again."

Chipper Jones rediscovered his smooth swing Monday, going 2-for-4, including a two-run single in the fifth to break open a scoreless game. Jones, mired in a 2-for-15 slump entering the game, raised his average one point to .403.

After a strikeout in the third, his average stood right at .400. Not that he was concerned.

"I didn't think about it one time," Jones said. "Once you are immersed in the game, the at-bat at the time is the most important moment of the game."

Jeff Francoeur had two hits, including a two-run double in the seventh, and Brandon Jones added a two-out, two-run single in the ninth for Atlanta.

"We didn't exactly drive it everywhere tonight, nor did they," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "This ballpark plays different than it used to."

Jurrjens pitched out of jams all night, including the seventh when he gave up a triple to Brad Hawpe to open the inning.

However, after walking Chris Iannetta, Jurrjens struck out Omar Quintanilla on his best changeup of the night, got a nifty over-the-shoulder catch by Jones on Scott Podsednik's blooper to short left and then enticed Willy Taveras to ground out to end the threat.

In McCann's opinion, Jurrjens was like the pitcher before the blister problem.

"He's not going to make excuses, so I'll make them for him," McCann said. "I could definitely tell things weren't right (because of the blister). But he didn't want to miss a start. He battled every time out there when he had that. I think that ankle injury was probably the best thing to happen to him."

Jurrjens laughed at the assertion.

"I'm happy to be out there again," he said.

Ubaldo Jimenez struggled with his command all game, tying a career-high with five walks over five innings. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- and struck out seven.

Jimenez (1-7) hasn't won since April 8 against Atlanta, a span of 13 starts.

"He definitely wasn't sharp," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's so close in so many ways, but there's still that glitch (the wildness). It's cost him some wins."

Jimenez pitched brilliantly in his previous start, not allowing a run over seven innings against San Francisco on June 11.

But his erratic control led to his undoing Monday. His command has been a concern most of the season, not that Jimenez is dwelling on it.

"I try not to think that way," Jimenez said. "I try to put my last start behind me."

Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins both had two hits while Aaron Cook collected his first pinch-hit single when he batted for Jimenez in the fifth.

The Rockies averted the shutout in the ninth when Podsednik dumped a single to left to score Iannetta. Colorado hasn't been shut out at Coors Field since a 3-0 loss to Arizona on May 15, 2007.

Notes

  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (torn left quad) and INF Clint Barmes (sprained right knee) will head to Triple-A Colorado Springs on a rehab assignment beginning Tuesday.
  • Rockies C Yorvit Torrealba sat out the second and final day of his suspension for his role in a fight with Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp on June 3.
  • The Rockies announced Jorge De La Rosa as the starter Thursday against Cleveland.
  • Braves 2B Kelly Johnson drew three walks and scored twice.
 
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The Braves surround rookie Jair Jurrjens, who throws a gem after returning from blister and ankle issues.  (AP)
The Braves surround rookie Jair Jurrjens, who throws a gem after returning from blister and ankle issues. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 7.2
H 8
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS4110101 .303
Kelly Johnson, 2B2200300 .280
Chipper Jones, 3B4122111 .403
Mark Teixeira, 1B5001045 .271
Brian McCann, C5120015 .306
Jeff Francoeur, RF5122000 .255
Brandon Jones, LF4022020 .471
Gregor Blanco, CF4020103 .267
Jair Jurrjens, P3100112 .107
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .143
Totals36711779  
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur (19, Herges)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (44), Mark Teixeira (49), Jeff Francoeur 2 (40), Brandon Jones 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur 2 (20), Brandon Jones 2 (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (W,7-3) 7.2800270 3.43
Will Ohman 0.1000000 2.12
Jeff Bennett 1111210 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 103-71, Will Ohman 3-2, Jeff Bennett 29-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-8, Jeff Bennett 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 32, Will Ohman 1, Jeff Bennett 6
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF3000113 .236
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH0000100 .290
Ian Stewart, 2B5000035 .204
Matt Holliday, LF5020012 .318
Todd Helton, 1B4010002 .283
Garrett Atkins, 3B4020001 .307
Brad Hawpe, RF4010014 .249
Chris Iannetta, C2100202 .281
Omar Quintanilla, SS4010013 .246
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000011 .000
   b- Aaron Cook, PH1010000 .267
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   c- Scott Podsednik, PH-CF2011002 .240
Totals3519148  
a-walked for Corpas in the 9th
b-singled for Jimenez in the 5th
c-popped out for Herges in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (17, Jurrjens), Omar Quintanilla (11, Jurrjens)
3B - Brad Hawpe (2, Jurrjens)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (13)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1
DP - Quintanilla-Stewart-Helton
E - Brad Hawpe (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,1-7) 5432570 4.85
Luis Vizcaino 1100100 9.00
Matt Herges 1322110 3.93
Manny Corpas 2322010 6.37
HBP - B. Jones (by Luis Vizcaino)
WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (10), Manny Corpas (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 110-64, Luis Vizcaino 21-9, Matt Herges 26-15, Manny Corpas 34-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-2, Luis Vizcaino 2-0, Matt Herges 1-1, Manny Corpas 2-3
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 23, Luis Vizcaino 5, Matt Herges 7, Manny Corpas 9
Game Information
Attendance - 25120
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson