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Braves 11, Phillies 1 wire reports

ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens was given an ovation after the right-hander gave up his only hit with two outs in the seventh inning.

In the Atlanta Braves dugout, manager Bobby Cox cheered privately -- for the hitter who saved him from having to make a difficult decision about leaving Jurrjens in the game.

The Braves finally provided some run support for Jurrjens, who combined with two relievers on a two-hitter and Atlanta beat the reeling Philadelphia Phillies 11-1 on Wednesday night.

The Braves had a 9-1 lead after five innings, but Cox began to worry as Jurrjens' pitch count rose with his hitless innings.

Jurrjens threw 97 pitches over seven innings.

"It would have been interesting, what I was going to do after the seventh," said Cox, who estimated Jurrjens' pitch count would have been in the "high 120s, probably" if he completed the game.

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"It would have been interesting if I'd had to make that decision," Cox said of his concern about removing Jurrjens with a no-hitter intact.

Jurrjens' bid ended with Paul Bako's single with two outs in the seventh. Cox turned to his bullpen for the final two innings.

"The player's arm comes first," Cox said. "Bako helped me out."

The Phillies' other hit was an infield single by Shane Victorino off Kris Medlen in the eighth.

"They took it to us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "They beat us. They hit well, their pitcher did a good job. ... We got beat bad."

Jurrjens said he remained cool in the tunnel behind the dugout while "trying to keep my concentration" between innings.

Jurrjens (6-6) began the night with the seventh-lowest run support in the majors, including only five runs in his last four losses. That lack of support ended as the Braves scored seven runs off Cole Hamels (4-5), who left the game after giving up three hits and a walk in the fifth.

Matt Diaz had a two-run homer and Diory Hernandez hit his first major league home run, both off Tyler Walker in the six-run fifth inning.

"He was unbelievable," Diaz, who had three hits, said of Jurrjens. "He should be an All-Star as is and if we could score him any runs he'd be a leading Cy Young candidate at the halfway point."

Jurrjens walked four and gave up an unearned run in seven innings. He struck out six while combining with relievers Medlen and Manny Acosta on a two-hitter.

The Braves have won three straight but are 37-40 and trail the first-place Phillies by three games in the NL East.

Philadelphia has lost 11 of 14, including the first two games at Atlanta, where the Phillies were 9-0 last season. The Phillies lead Florida by one-half game.

Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 3 with a walk. He is 0 for his last 27, the longest hitless streak of his career, and is hitting .205.

Jurrjens, who was 0-4 in June despite posting a 3.68 ERA in five starts, won for the first time since May 29.

The Braves scored 41 runs for Jurrjens in his first 16 starts before jumping on Hamels.

Martin Prado hit a two-run double in the Braves' three-run third. Chipper Jones drove in Prado with a single and had three RBIs and two hits.

The Phillies scored in the fourth. With one out, Jayson Werth walked, moved to third on Jurrjens' throwing error and scored on Greg Dobbs' sacrifice fly.

Jones had a two-run double and Brian McCann added a run-scoring single in the fifth, ending Hamels' night. Hamels has failed to complete the fifth inning in two straight losses and has a 7.02 ERA in three straight losses.

Hamels gave up nine hits and seven runs in four innings. His ERA rose from 4.44 to 4.98. He was 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA in 2008.

"Even when I made good pitches, they got hits," Hamels said. "That's the frustrating part of the game right now.

"I feel healthy. My body feels good. I'm just not hitting my location. I can't seem to stop the bleeding."

The Braves added two runs in the eighth off Jack Taschner.


Braves RHP Tim Hudson's first injury rehab assignment has been set for July 19 at Class A Myrtle Beach. Hudson is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on July 27, 2008. ... RHP Rodrigo Lopez will be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to pitch for the Phillies against the Mets on Friday night. The 33-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2007, when he was 5-4 with Colorado.

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Players of the Game

J. Jurrjens
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 4
K 6

M. Prado
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3000100 .205
Shane Victorino, CF3010110 .295
Chase Utley, 2B3000003 .301
    Eric Bruntlett, 2B1000001 .134
Ryan Howard, 1B3000011 .256
    John Mayberry Jr., LF1000000 .231
Jayson Werth, RF2100211 .265
Greg Dobbs, LF-1B3001001 .228
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000001 .292
Paul Bako, C3010010 .286
Cole Hamels, P2000020 .100
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000011 .291
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for T. Walker in the 7th
SF - Greg Dobbs (2)
RBI - Greg Dobbs (10)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (11, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann), Shane Victorino (13, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Pedro Feliz (5, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (L,4-5) 4977210 4.98
Tyler Walker 2222012 2.00
Sergio Escalona 1100010 2.84
Jack Taschner 1220120 5.20
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 88-55, Tyler Walker 29-20, Sergio Escalona 12-9, Jack Taschner 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-6, Tyler Walker 3-2, Sergio Escalona 1-1, Jack Taschner 2-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 22, Tyler Walker 8, Sergio Escalona 4, Jack Taschner 7
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, CF4210100 .222
Martin Prado, 2B-3B4322100 .305
Chipper Jones, 3B4123000 .292
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
   a- Yunel Escobar, PH1011000 .293
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Brian McCann, C5122011 .310
Matt Diaz, LF5132012 .286
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000103 .265
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010012 .251
Diory Hernandez, SS4211001 .135
Jair Jurrjens, P3110010 .156
    Kelly Johnson, 2B1000011 .215
a-singled for Medlen in the 8th
2B - Martin Prado (13, Hamels), Chipper Jones (13, Hamels)
HR - Matt Diaz (4, T. Walker), Diory Hernandez (1, T. Walker)
RBI - Martin Prado 2 (15), Chipper Jones 3 (36), Yunel Escobar (40), Brian McCann 2 (33), Matt Diaz 2 (19), Diory Hernandez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (20), Brian McCann (21), Diory Hernandez (1)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hernandez-Johnson-Kotchman
E - Jair Jurrjens (3, Throwing), Martin Prado (3, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (W,6-6) 7110460 2.73
Kris Medlen 1100000 5.88
Manny Acosta 1000010 2.30
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 97-63, Kris Medlen 9-8, Manny Acosta 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 5-11, Kris Medlen 1-1, Manny Acosta 2-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 27, Kris Medlen 3, Manny Acosta 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25212
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gerry Davis