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Solid pitching guides Braves past Marlins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Clinging to first place, the Atlanta Braves struck out 15 times, went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and had two men thrown out on the bases.

Jair Jurrjens more than compensated. The right-hander allowed only three hits in seven innings, and the Braves retained their one-game lead in the NL East by beating the Florida Marlins 2-0 Saturday night.

Second-place Philadelphia beat Milwaukee 5-4 but gained no ground on the Braves, who have been alone atop the division since May 31.

"The situation we're in right now, only one game up, everybody is watching the scoreboard," Jurrjens said. "Right now every game for us is big. We're trying to keep the Phillies off our back."

The Braves had a frustrating night offensively but came out on top in a battle of JJs. Florida's Josh Johnson (11-6) tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings but left trailing 2-0 because Jurrjens was even better.

"Jair rose to the occasion," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He was really on target. When you're going against an ace, you'd better pitch like one yourself. And he pitched like one tonight."

Jurrjens (7-4) matched a career high by winning his fourth decision in a row, and he won for the first time in 10 road starts this year. He struck out seven and walked three.

Braves catcher Brian McCann said the start was Jurrjens' best this year.

"He stepped up tonight and basically won us that game," McCann said.

Florida's best scoring chance came in the first inning. Cameron Maybin led off with a bunt single and continued to second on a throwing error by Jurrjens, but the right-hander escaped.

Braves center fielder Rick Ankiel made a nice catch of Dan Uggla's fly with two on to end the third inning.

"We had a couple of opportunities," Uggla said. "We just couldn't capitalize."

Billy Wagner completed a four-hitter, pitching around a one-out single by Hanley Ramirez in the ninth for his 32nd save in 39 chances.

The Braves had plenty of chances, too. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position before Alex Gonzalez's RBI single on a two-out, 2-2 pitch in the sixth.

Atlanta had six baserunners in the first three innings against Johnson but scored only once. Melky Cabrera reached on an infield single to start the second inning and came home when Gonzalez doubled off the wall.

Gonzalez advanced to third but was out at home when Jurrjens failed to make contact on a squeeze play.

Atlanta lost another runner on the bases in the fifth. With Braves at first and second and one out, center fielder Maybin made a diving catch to rob Martin Prado of an extra-base hit. Omar Infante was tagged out trying to advance to third following the catch.

McCann doubled to start the sixth and scored on Gonzalez's single. That was more than enough for Jurrjens.

"He spotted all his pitches well," Maybin said. "He's not scared of throwing his pitches where he wants, no matter the count. With a guy like that, you are just looking for him to make mistakes. Tonight he didn't make many."

Notes

  • Jurrjens improved to 1-4 on the road this year with an ERA of 5.81.
  • Ankiel is 0-for-6 in the series with six strikeouts.
  • The Braves' Chipper Jones, already out for the season, was out of the game in the first inning. Plate umpire Doug Eddings ejected Jones for arguing from the dugout about balls and strikes.
  • Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez was back after serving a one-game suspension for his role in a brawl with the Nationals.
 
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Melky Cabrera scores one of the Braves' two runs on a late throw to Marlins catcher Brad Davis. (AP)
Melky Cabrera scores one of the Braves' two runs on a late throw to Marlins catcher Brad Davis. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 7
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B5020010 .342
Jason Heyward, RF3010201 .282
Martin Prado, 3B4020002 .317
Brian McCann, C4110034 .284
Derrek Lee, 1B4010035 .246
    Nate McLouth, PR-CF0000000 .165
Melky Cabrera, LF4110012 .262
Alex Gonzalez, SS3022100 .260
Rick Ankiel, CF2000121 .239
   a- Matt Diaz, PH0000000 .234
   b- Freddie Freeman, PH-1B1000012 .000
Jair Jurrjens, P3000032 .108
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Hinske, PH1000010 .253
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals342102415  
a-announced for Ankiel in the 8th
b-struck out for Diaz in the 8th
c-struck out for Venters in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (22, Johnson), Derrek Lee (26, Ohman), Alex Gonzalez (36, Johnson)
RBI - Alex Gonzalez 2 (75)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez (32)
CS - Alex Gonzalez (2, Home by Johnson/Davis)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Infante-Lee, A. Gonzalez-Infante-Lee
E - Jair Jurrjens (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (W,7-4) 7300370 4.10
Jonny Venters (H,19) 1000000 1.79
Billy Wagner (S,32) 1100010 1.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 99-64, Jonny Venters 15-11, Billy Wagner 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 3-9, Jonny Venters 3-0, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Jonny Venters 3, Billy Wagner 4
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4010000 .233
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Logan Morrison, LF3010101 .299
Hanley Ramirez, SS3020101 .302
Dan Uggla, 2B4000026 .283
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000103 .284
Chad Tracy, 3B3000001 .256
Mike Stanton, RF3000020 .234
Brad Davis, C2000020 .276
   a- Emilio Bonifacio, PH-CF1000000 .253
Josh Johnson, P2000020 .085
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Rivera, PH-C1000000 .000
Totals2904038  
a-grounded out for Davis in the 8th
b-grounded out for Sosa in the 8th
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cameron Maybin 1
DP - Maybin-Uggla-Johnson-Tracy, Uggla-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson (L,11-6) 68223120 2.30
Chris Leroux 1100000 6.19
Will Ohman 0.2100110 3.15
Jorge Sosa 0.1000010 6.48
Burke Badenhop 1000010 4.02
IBB - A. Gonzalez by Will Ohman
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 120-74, Chris Leroux 11-8, Will Ohman 17-7, Jorge Sosa 5-3, Burke Badenhop 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Leroux 1-1, Will Ohman 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 27, Chris Leroux 3, Will Ohman 4, Jorge Sosa 1, Burke Badenhop 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23912
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Kerwin Danley