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Braves baffle Phillies lineup again; Chipper, K. Johnson go deep

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PHILADELPHIA -- Two games in, these Philadelphia Phillies are playing like last year's team.

Jair Jurrjens and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, Kelly Johnson and Chipper Jones hit solo home runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the defending World Series champions 4-0 on Tuesday night.

The Phillies are off to an 0-2 start for the fourth consecutive year. They'll receive their 2008 championship rings Wednesday before trying to avoid a three-game sweep.

"You always want to get off to a good start, but you can't repeat until you play 162 games," losing pitcher Jamie Moyer said.

Jurrjens (1-0) beat a guy twice his age. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up four hits and walked three in 5 2/3 impressive innings.

Jeff Bennett gave up a single to the only batter he faced before Eric O'Flaherty got the next four outs. Rafael Soriano pitched the eighth and Mike Gonzalez finished.

"We had excellent pitching," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "J.J. was really good. When he got in trouble, he pitched out of it."

Moyer (0-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. The 46-year-old lefty led the Phillies with 16 wins and had a 3.71 ERA last season, earning a $13 million, two-year contract despite his age.

Atlanta defeated Philadelphia 4-1 in the major league opener Sunday night behind Derek Lowe's masterful pitching and three home runs off Brett Myers.

The Phillies' potent offense couldn't do much against Jurrjens or Atlanta's bullpen. Philadelphia left two runners on four times and stranded 11 in all. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each had two hits.

"We were swinging better," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We were on him. We just missed a few pitches. The wind held a couple balls up. We couldn't get a two-out hit. If we stay with it, we'll be OK. We're going to hit."

Johnson hit Moyer's first pitch into the seats in right for his fourth career leadoff home run. One batter later, Jones doubled off the wall in center. Brian McCann followed with a grounder that skipped under second baseman Utley's glove for an error, allowing Jones to score.

"I was ready to swing as soon as I went up there," Johnson said. "You're trying to get a strike on your first pitch of the year so I was ready."

The Braves added a run in the fourth on Johnson's infield single with two outs. But Moyer escaped further damage when left fielder Raul Ibanez nailed Casey Kotchman at home on a perfect, no-hop throw to catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Jones led off the fifth with a liner to the seats in left for a 4-0 lead.

The Phillies had two runners on with two outs in the sixth, but O'Flaherty retired pinch-hitter Matt Stairs on a deep fly to center.

"You take the positive of getting guys on," Howard said. "We just have to take our time, stay loose and get those runners in."

Chan Ho Park, who won the fifth starter's job in spring training, pitched a scoreless sixth in relief of Moyer. Park is scheduled to start Sunday at Colorado.

It was 45 degrees when the game started, so fans were bundled in heavy coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Some didn't show up, even though the game was sold out.

Notes

  • Manuel juggled his lineup so three left-handed batters wouldn't bat 3-4-5. Jayson Werth dropped down from No. 2 to the fifth spot, Ibanez went from fifth to sixth and Shane Victorino moved up to the second spot.
  • The Phillies were 14-4 against the Braves last season.
  • RHP Javier Vazquez makes his Braves debut in the series finale against RHP Joe Blanton.
  • Atlanta swept the Phillies in a three-game series on the road to start the 2007 season.
  • Jurrjens went 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA as a rookie last year.
 
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Jair Jurrjens battles control problems, but keeps host Philadelphia off the scoreboard.  (US Presswire)
Jair Jurrjens battles control problems, but keeps host Philadelphia off the scoreboard. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 5.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B5122001 .222
Yunel Escobar, SS4010003 .250
Chipper Jones, 3B4221010 .500
Brian McCann, C3000100 .143
Garret Anderson, LF4010001 .250
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110003 .250
Casey Kotchman, 1B4010003 .125
Jordan Schafer, CF3000112 .333
Jair Jurrjens, P2000012 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000010 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals3448324  
a-struck out for Soriano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (2, Moyer)
HR - Kelly Johnson (1, Moyer), Chipper Jones (1, Moyer)
SH - Jair Jurrjens (1)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (2), Chipper Jones (1)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Kelly Johnson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (W,1-0) 5.2400320 0.00
Jeff Bennett0100000 0.00
Eric O'Flaherty (H,1) 1.1100000 0.00
Rafael Soriano 1000110 0.00
Mike Gonzalez 1000000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 96-55, Jeff Bennett 4-2, Eric O'Flaherty 20-12, Rafael Soriano 20-10, Mike Gonzalez 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-9, Eric O'Flaherty 3-1, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Jeff Bennett 1, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Rafael Soriano 4, Mike Gonzalez 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5000003 .111
Shane Victorino, CF4000110 .000
Chase Utley, 2B4020012 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B4020003 .250
Jayson Werth, RF4000013 .125
Raul Ibanez, LF4010000 .125
Pedro Feliz, 3B2000201 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C4010001 .286
Jamie Moyer, P0000100 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .000
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000002 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000000 .500
Totals3406043  
a-grounded out for Moyer in the 5th
b-flied out for Park in the 6th
c-lined out for Condrey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (1, Jurrjens)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
E - Chase Utley (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (L,0-1) 5844222 7.20
Chan Ho Park 1000000 0.00
Jack Taschner 2000000 0.00
Clay Condrey 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 78-52, Chan Ho Park 21-13, Jack Taschner 26-18, Clay Condrey 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 6-7, Chan Ho Park 2-1, Jack Taschner 5-1, Clay Condrey 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 25, Chan Ho Park 3, Jack Taschner 6, Clay Condrey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44178
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg