Atlanta at Philadelphia

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Braves 8, Phillies 2 wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- A pregame meeting couldn't wake up the struggling Philadelphia Phillies.

Jair Jurrjens pitched eight scoreless innings and Brian McCann hit two homers, including a grand slam, to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday night.

Jurrjens (10-5) allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one. The 22-year-old right-hander leads all rookies in wins, and he lowered his ERA to 3.02.

"It was a big win for us," Jurrjens said. "We just have to keep winning series."

The Braves are desperately trying to stay in contention in the NL East, a division in which three teams -- New York, Florida and the Phillies -- are separated by two games. Atlanta trails first-place New York by 6½ games.

The free-falling Phillies have lost five of seven since the All-Star break and fell two games behind the Mets after leading the division for nearly two months.

Manager Charlie Manuel addressed several issues before the game, but it didn't help.

"Just because we don't win that night, hopefully some of the things we talked about will be good for us," Manuel said.

McCann led off the fourth against Kyle Kendrick (8-5) with a drive to center for a 1-0 lead. He connected for his 20th homer off Brad Lidge during a seven-run ninth. Lidge, the All-Star closer who hasn't blown a save this season, had not allowed a home run this year in 42 innings.

Kendrick gave up one run and seven hits in six innings but like the rest of Philadelphia's starters lately, he didn't get much support. Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 30th homer with two outs in the ninth.

"There's nothing you can do about it," Kendrick said.

Philadelphia was a season-high 13 games over .500 and had a season-best four-game lead in the division after a 20-2 win at St. Louis on June 13. Since then, the Phillies are 13-21 and the offense has sputtered: They have scored two runs or fewer 13 times in those 34 games, including three shutouts.

"I'm surprised our guys have gone this long without breaking out of it," Manuel said.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins was back in the lineup after being benched for arriving late to the ballpark before Thursday afternoon's 3-1 loss to the Mets.

None of the hitters showed up Friday and Jurrjens had a lot to do with it. He made key pitches and got strong defense, particularly from shortstop Yunel Escobar and third baseman Omar Infante.

"J.J. pitched great," McCann said. "We only needed one run the way he was pitching."

The Phillies had a runner on third with one out in the first, but Chase Utley struck out and Howard flied out to center. Utley struck out to leave a runner on second in the sixth.

The All-Star second baseman was 0-for-17 before hitting a single in the ninth. He's batting .241 (26-for-108) with runners in scoring position this season.

Kendrick pitched out of two bases-loaded jams. He retired Jurrjens on a grounder to end the second and got Mark Kotsay to fly out to close the fifth.


Braves 3B Chipper Jones sat out with a strained left hamstring. Jones, who leads the majors with a .369 batting average, could be headed for the DL. ... Braves LHP Mike Hampton is scheduled to make his first start in 35 months on Saturday. ... Phillies 3B Pedro Feliz was scratched from the lineup because of tightness in his lower back. ... McCann has five career slams and four multihomer games. ... Lidge gave up five runs without retiring a batter. His ERA rose from 1.29 to 2.36.

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Players of the Game

J. Jurrjens
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 6

B. McCann
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, LF5120102 .269
Yunel Escobar, SS4100122 .281
Mark Teixeira, 1B5111020 .276
Brian McCann, C3225200 .302
Mark Kotsay, CF5010004 .279
Jeff Francoeur, RF5120001 .233
Kelly Johnson, 2B4121101 .267
Omar Infante, 3B5020012 .286
Jair Jurrjens, P3010003 .105
   a- Greg Norton, PH2111000 .241
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
a-doubled for Jurrjens in the 9th
2B - Gregor Blanco (7, Kendrick), Jeff Francoeur (22, Condrey), Kelly Johnson (24, Condrey), Greg Norton (11, Lidge)
HR - Brian McCann 2 (20, Kendrick, Lidge)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (74), Brian McCann 5 (62), Kelly Johnson (41), Greg Norton (20)
SB - Brian McCann (3, 2nd base off Romero/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Escobar-Teixeira
E - Brian McCann (4, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (W,10-5) 8300160 3.02
Will Ohman 1222011 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 100-62, Will Ohman 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 11-6
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 27, Will Ohman 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000000 .266
Shane Victorino, CF3010110 .279
Chase Utley, 2B4110022 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B4112001 .234
Pat Burrell, LF4000010 .277
Geoff Jenkins, RF3010000 .241
Greg Dobbs, 3B3010001 .310
Carlos Ruiz, C3000011 .209
Kyle Kendrick, P1000010 .135
   a- So Taguchi, PH1000010 .225
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .167
   b- Jayson Werth, PH1000000 .271
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Kendrick in the 6th
b-grounded out for Durbin in the 8th
HR - Ryan Howard (30, Ohman)
RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (90)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (37)
SB - Shane Victorino 2 (24, 3rd base off Jurrjens/McCann, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick (L,8-5) 6711221 4.70
J.C. Romero 1000120 2.43
Chad Durbin 1000010 1.75
Brad Lidge0455101 2.36
Clay Condrey 1322100 3.89
IBB - McCann by Kyle Kendrick
HBP - Escobar (by Kyle Kendrick)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 94-59, J.C. Romero 23-11, Chad Durbin 9-7, Brad Lidge 18-8, Clay Condrey 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-8, J.C. Romero 1-0, Chad Durbin 1-1, Clay Condrey 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 28, J.C. Romero 4, Chad Durbin 3, Brad Lidge 5, Clay Condrey 7
Game Information
Attendance - 45114
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Andy Fletcher