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|L.A. Dodgers (44-46)||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||3||7||2|
LOS ANGELES -- Brian McCann did everything possible to make things easier for batterymate Jair Jurrjens. He guided the right-hander through six solid innings and supported him with two solo home runs.
The biggest hit for Atlanta, however, was a three-run double by Yunel Escobar in the fifth inning. It broke a scoreless tie and sparked the Braves to a 9-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
"Escobar had the big hit, obviously, and it kind of just started rolling from there," McCann said. "If we can keep putting together at-bats like we did tonight, we're going to win a lot of games."
One night after Hiroki Kuroda took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Braves and beat them 3-0 with a one-hitter, Chad Billingsley (8-8) held Atlanta hitless until Kelly Johnson and Mark Kotsay opened the fifth inning with singles. One out later, he walked Gregor Blanco, and Escobar grounded the next pitch over third base to clear the bases.
"Their pitching staff was dominating us for 13 innings, so obviously we knew that we needed to try and come up with a couple of hits and try to put something together to get some momentum offensively," said Kotsay, who was 3-for-4. "Fortunately, it happened for us in the fifth inning and we broke through. Sometimes it just takes a couple of hits to get it going. Offense is contagious."
Jurrjens (9-4) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked three in his Dodger Stadium debut. The only run against the right-hander came on a checked-swing RBI double by James Loney with two outs in the sixth.
"He threw hard tonight and threw a lot of pitches (103) for six innings," manager Bobby Cox said. "I was hoping he could go one more, but he threw 119 in his last start, so we wanted to get him out of there. He's only 22 years old, so it was the right thing to do."
It was the fourth time in five starts Jurrjens allowed fewer than two earned runs while pitching six or more innings.
"I can't describe how good he's been all year long," McCann said. "He was hurt for three starts with a blister when he probably shouldn't even have been out there, but he wanted the ball. He's only 22, but he has ace written all over him."
Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur played his first game since returning from a three-game minor league stint in Double-A Mississippi. He had a single in five at-bats and threw out a base runner in the third. The assist was his 51st in the outfield since his big league debut on July 7, 2005, the most in the majors during that stretch.
McCann, heading to his third consecutive All-Star game at the end of this road trip, led off Atlanta's three-run sixth with a homer. Billingsley faced three more batters, departing with one out and runners at the corners.
"The first four innings I was able to get ahead of hitters," Billingsley said. "After that, I was getting down 1-0, 2-0, and they made me throw a hitter's pitch. It's tough to pitch like that. I was battling myself out there the last couple of innings. It's a matter of being consistent, and today was a rough one."
Ramon Troncoso relieved, and Blanco hit an RBI single one out later. Another run scored on the play after the ball popped out of catcher Russell Martin's mitt as he applied the tag on Kotsay.
Umpire Gary Darling originally called Kotsay out, then gave the safe sign when the ball came loose. The error was the second of the game and eighth this season for Martin, who won his first Gold Glove last year despite 14 errors. His other error this year was at third base.
Mark Teixeira and McCann hit back-to-back homers against rookie Cory Wade in the ninth for a 9-1 lead. It was the 17th homer of the season for both.
Billingsley was charged with six runs -- five earned -- and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out eight.
|Players of the Game|
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|Gregor Blanco, LF||3||1||1||1||2||0||1||.266|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||0||1||3||0||1||4||.290|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||3||1||.379|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||2||2||.275|
|Brian McCann, C||4||2||2||2||1||1||0||.293|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.233|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||5||3||2||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||2||3||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Jair Jurrjens, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.091|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Martin Prado, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.269|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Ohman in the 8th|
|2B - Yunel Escobar (12, Billingsley)|
|HR - Mark Teixeira (17, Wade), Brian McCann 2 (17, Billingsley, Wade)|
|SH - Jair Jurrjens (4)|
|RBI - Gregor Blanco (17), Yunel Escobar 3 (35), Mark Teixeira (67), Brian McCann 2 (50), Martin Prado (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gregor Blanco (6)|
|SB - Gregor Blanco (9, 3rd base off Billingsley/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1|
|DP - Johnson-Escobar-Teixeira, Francoeur-Teixeira|
|E - Kelly Johnson (9, Throwing)|
|Jair Jurrjens (W,9-4)||6||5||1||1||3||6||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 103-65, Will Ohman 9-5, Blaine Boyer 16-10, Julian Tavarez 20-8, Mike Gonzalez 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 6-4, Will Ohman 1-2, Blaine Boyer 2-1, Julian Tavarez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 24, Will Ohman 3, Blaine Boyer 3, Julian Tavarez 5, Mike Gonzalez 2|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Matt Kemp, RF||5||0||0||0||0||4||3||.278|
|Andre Ethier, LF||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.286|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.260|
|a- Delwyn Young, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.260|
|James Loney, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.302|
|Andruw Jones, CF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.168|
|Nomar Garciaparra, SS||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.244|
|Blake DeWitt, 3B||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.267|
|Chad Billingsley, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.061|
|Ramon Troncoso, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Andy LaRoche, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Joe Beimel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Angel Berroa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.194|
|a-walked for Kent in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Troncoso in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Wade in the 9th|
|2B - James Loney (23, Jurrjens)|
|RBI - James Loney (48), Nomar Garciaparra (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - James Loney (19)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1|
|E - Russell Martin 2 (9, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Chad Billingsley (L,8-8)||5.1||6||6||5||4||8||1||3.38|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 103-60, Ramon Troncoso 14-12, Joe Beimel 15-9, Cory Wade 22-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 6-2, Ramon Troncoso 3-1, Joe Beimel 2-0, Cory Wade 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Ramon Troncoso 6, Joe Beimel 5, Cory Wade 6|
|Attendance - 39702|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Paul Emmel|