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Jurrjens threw seven sharp innings, combining with George Sherrill and Scott Linebrink on a two-hitter, and the Braves shut out the struggling Mets 4-0 Saturday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.
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The Mets were swept in a doubleheader for the second time in three days to extend their losing streak to seven games, their longest since dropping 11 straight in 2004. Colorado swept the Mets in New York on Thursday.
Jurrjens was better than expected in his return from a right oblique strain.
"Having him back was huge for our team," said Eric Hinske, who had three hits in his second start this season at first base. "For your first game coming off the DL, that's way more than you could ask for."
Jurrjens finished the 2010 season on the disabled list with a knee injury before sustaining the oblique strain late in spring training. He was one of Atlanta's top starters in 2008 and 2009, when he went a combined 27-20.
"It's a good feeling being able to help your team," Jurrjens said. "It's exciting being back out there. It's fun, and I hope it continues the rest of the season."
Jurrjens (1-0) faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings. He gave up two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
The Mets (4-11) have matched the third-worst start in franchise history, according to STATS LLC. They opened 3-12 in 1962 and 1964. They also lost 11 of their first 15 games in 1974 and 1981.
New York has lost 10 of 11 after winning three of its first four games under new manager Terry Collins.
"They care. They're unhappy," Collins said. "We're going to get ready for tomorrow."
Mike Pelfrey (0-2) allowed 11 hits and four runs in five-plus innings. He gave up three hits in the first, including a run-scoring single by Dan Uggla, and three more in the third, including Chipper Jones' RBI single.
Hinske drove in a run and Martin Prado had two hits and scored two runs in the second game. Jones, who hit a homer in the opener, added two hits.
Willie Harris singled with two outs in the second but was picked off to end the inning. Jurrjens then retired the next nine batters before Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a double. Murphy was thrown out by catcher David Ross on an ill-advised attempt to steal third.
"We used to call that an error of enthusiasm," Collins said. "I addressed it."
Murphy accepted the blame for his mental mistake.
"It was an awful play," he said. "There was nothing that could have been going through my mind that would have justified that. I'm not going to score three runs by myself. I killed [the inning]."
The only other baserunner allowed by Jurrjens was a walk to Mike Nickeas in the sixth.
The four homers in the opener, including one by rookie Freddie Freeman, were a season high for Atlanta and the most for the team since hitting four in a 16-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 22, 2010.
Lowe (2-2) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He has a 1.82 ERA this season, but lost his previous two starts as the Braves were shut out by Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
D.J. Carrasco (0-1) yielded four hits, including three homers, in 3 2-3 innings as a fill-in starter for New York in the first game.
Before the opener, the Mets placed right-hander Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis in his pitching arm. Right-hander Dillon Gee will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start on Sunday.
Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth to earn his fourth save.
The series opener was postponed by rain Friday night. The Mets were playing consecutive doubleheaders for the first time since Aug. 20-21, 1998, against St. Louis. Club officials called the commissioner's office Friday night, hoping to avoid a second straight twinbill, but the makeup game remained.
Players wore No. 42 jerseys in the opener as part of baseball's annual tribute to Jackie Robinson, originally planned for Friday night. Among those wearing No. 42 was Harris who, like Robinson, was born in Cairo, Ga.
The Braves began the day with 11 homers in 13 games.
Gonzalez has 16 of his 140 career homers against the Mets, more than any other team.
Jones, whose history of success against the Mets is no secret, began the day with a .319 career batting average against New York. The homer was his 45th against the Mets, matching his total against the Phillies.
|Jair Jurrjens is lights out through seven innings as he holds the Mets to two hits and no runs in Game 2 of the doubleheader. (AP)|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.304|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.179|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Ike Davis, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.269|
|Willie Harris, LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.275|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Mike Nickeas, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.182|
|a- Josh Thole, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Mike Pelfrey, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Beato, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-struck out for Nickeas in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Buchholz in the 9th|
|2B - Daniel Murphy (4, Jurrjens)|
|SH - Mike Pelfrey (1)|
|CS - Willie Harris (2, 2nd base by Jurrjens/Ross), Daniel Murphy (1, 3rd base by Jurrjens/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Reyes-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Pelfrey (L,0-2)||5||11||4||4||1||3||0||9.72|
|IBB - Jones by Mike Pelfrey|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 86-52, Pedro Beato 20-15, Taylor Buchholz 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 9-2, Pedro Beato 3-0, Taylor Buchholz 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 26, Pedro Beato 6, Taylor Buchholz 3|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.266|
|Nate McLouth, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.216|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.327|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||4||0||3||1||0||1||0||.231|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.172|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.217|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.255|
|David Ross, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.333|
|Jair Jurrjens, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|2B - Martin Prado (6, Pelfrey)|
|SH - Nate McLouth (2), Jair Jurrjens (1)|
|RBI - Chipper Jones (12), Eric Hinske (1), Dan Uggla (4), David Ross (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Hinske (1), Dan Uggla (2)|
|SB - Martin Prado (1, 3rd base off Pelfrey/Nickeas)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Jair Jurrjens (W,1-0)||7||2||0||0||1||4||0||0.00|
|WP - Scott Linebrink (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 100-58, George Sherrill 13-10, Scott Linebrink 14-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-8, Scott Linebrink 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 22, George Sherrill 3, Scott Linebrink 4|
|Attendance - 31383|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez|