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Phillies fall to revitalized Braves ace Jurrjens again

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ATLANTA -- Martin Prado is on a roll, and that means good things for the Atlanta Braves.

Prado homered and drove in three runs, Jair Jurrjens took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Atlanta beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 on Saturday.

Prado is 12 for 27 (.444) with three homers -- one a grand slam -- and eight RBI in his last six games.

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"I think we know who the player of the week is going to be this week," said Atlanta's Chipper Jones, who called Prado's surge "typical Prado."

"When he gets it going right, roll with it," Jones said.

Prado, who was hitting .238 on April 26, has raised his average to .295. He has six homers and 27 RBI to match Jones for the team lead.

Prado added a two-run single in the sixth inning against Philadelphia.

Jurrjens (5-0) beat the Phillies for the second time in a week, following a 5-2 win in Philadelphia on Sunday. He gave up three hits and three runs, two earned, in 7 1/3 innings.

Jurrjens, who opened the season on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, has not allowed more than two earned runs in six starts. He retired Philadelphia's first 17 batters and said he couldn't help but think about the possibility for a perfect game or no-hitter.

"You walk out there and you see zero and zero, if somebody says they're not thinking about it, they're lying," Jurrjens said.

Jurrjens has a 1.66 ERA.

"He's been good every outing," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Prado and Nate McLouth hit back-to-back homers in the first inning for the only runs allowed by Joe Blanton (1-2) in five innings.

Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino was 0 for 3, ending his 15-game hitting streak. He left the game in the eighth with a sore right hamstring and will not play in Sunday's final game of the series, according to manager Charlie Manuel.

"We've got guys falling like flies," Manuel said.

The Phillies do not believe Victorino's injury will force him to the disabled list.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Prado, Atlanta's leadoff hitter, pulled Blanton's second pitch of the game into the left-field seats. Only three pitches late, McLouth cleared the center-field wall to give the Braves back-to-back home runs for the first time this season.

The 2-0 lead stood until the sixth, when pinch-hitter Michael Martinez ended Jurrjens' perfect game with a two-out single to right field. Jimmy Rollins followed with a run-scoring double but was caught in a run-down between second and third to end the inning.

Jurrjens was backed by the Braves' strong defense. In the sixth, Wilson Valdez hit a grounder off Jurrjens' foot that bounced toward second base. Dan Uggla made the barehanded scoop and threw out Valdez at first.

Ryan Howard hit a long drive off Jurrjens in the seventh, but McLouth made a running catch at the wall in center field to end the inning.

A controversial call by second-base umpire Gary Darling helped the Braves score three runs in the sixth. J.C. Romero issued a one-out walk to Uggla before Freddie Freeman hit a grounder that Rollins fielded at shortstop while running toward third base. He threw to second base, and Darling called Uggla safe.

Manuel came out of the dugout to argue that Rollins' throw beat Uggla to the bag. Freeman was credited with an infield hit.

"He was totally out," Manuel said. "Not even close. I can't believe he didn't see it because he's standing right there. He had a tremendous view of it."

Darling's call proved crucial when Uggla scored from third on a two-out squeeze by David Ross against Kyle Kendrick, who slipped while attempting to field the ball. Ross, credited with a hit, moved to second when Kendrick walked Jurrjens. Prado followed with a two-run single to center for a 5-1 lead.

The Phillies scored two runs in the eighth. Raul Ibanez walked and scored on a double by Valdez, who moved to third on a passed ball by David Ross and scored on pinch-hitter John Mayberry's groundout.

Each team wore Negro Leagues throwback uniforms -- Atlanta Black Crackers and Philadelphia Stars -- as part of the Civil Rights Game weekend.

For Sunday's Civil Rights Game at Turner Field, the teams will wear throwback uniforms from 1974, the year Atlanta's Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career record with his 715th home run.

Notes

  • Jurrjens struck out six and issued one walk.
  • Phillies CF Shane Victorino, who was 0 for 3, had his 15-game hitting streak end. He left the game in the eighth with a sore right hamstring.
  • Braves RF Jason Heyward missed his fourth straight start with inflammation in his right shoulder but entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth.
  • RHP Brandon Beachy was examined by a team doctor for an oblique injury he sustained Friday night. The rookie likely will be placed on the DL.
  • The Braves plan to recall RHP Scott Proctor from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. The move was planned before Beachy's injury.
 
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Jair Jurrjens beats the Phillies for the second time in a week, following Sunday's 5-2 Braves win. (AP)
Jair Jurrjens beats the Phillies for the second time in a week, following Sunday's 5-2 Braves win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 6
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4011001 .279
Shane Victorino, CF3000000 .284
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000010 .308
Placido Polanco, 3B3000110 .347
Ryan Howard, 1B4000011 .267
Ben Francisco, RF4000011 .222
Raul Ibanez, LF2100110 .237
Wilson Valdez, 2B3111000 .239
Dane Sardinha, C2000020 .200
   b- Pete Orr, PH0000000 .250
   c- Carlos Ruiz, PH-C0000000 .215
Joe Blanton, P1000010 .200
   d- Michael Martinez, PH1110000 .190
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .333
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   e- John Mayberry Jr., PH-CF1001000 .286
Totals2933328  
a-struck out for Bastardo in the 9th
b-announced for Sardinha in the 8th
c-hit by pitch for Orr in the 8th
d-singled for Blanton in the 6th
e-grounded out for Baez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (7, Jurrjens), Wilson Valdez (5, Jurrjens)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (11), Wilson Valdez (8), John Mayberry Jr. (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (5)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Sardinha-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton (L,1-2) 5522152 5.50
J.C. Romero 0.1122100 3.86
Kyle Kendrick 0.2211110 1.83
Danys Baez 1100200 3.94
Antonio Bastardo 1000110 1.26
IBB - A. Gonzalez by Danys Baez
HBP - Uggla (by Danys Baez)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 74-48, J.C. Romero 17-10, Kyle Kendrick 16-10, Danys Baez 23-12, Antonio Bastardo 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 5-5, J.C. Romero 1-0, Danys Baez 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 21, J.C. Romero 3, Kyle Kendrick 5, Danys Baez 6, Antonio Bastardo 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, LF4123102 .295
Nate McLouth, CF5111023 .259
Chipper Jones, 3B4010111 .275
Eric Hinske, RF4010001 .314
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B2100111 .196
Freddie Freeman, 1B4120011 .229
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000102 .258
David Ross, C3111114 .333
Jair Jurrjens, P2010101 .067
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Mather, PH1000010 .250
    Jason Heyward, RF0000000 .220
Totals3259567  
a-struck out for Venters in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (13, Blanton), Eric Hinske (3, Baez)
HR - Martin Prado (6, Blanton), Nate McLouth (3, Blanton)
RBI - Martin Prado 3 (27), Nate McLouth (11), David Ross (9)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 2 (9), David Ross (4)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eric Hinske 1
PB - David Ross (1)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (W,5-0) 7.1332160 1.66
Jonny Venters (H,10) 0.2000000 0.81
Craig Kimbrel (S,9) 1000120 2.41
HBP - Ruiz (by Jonny Venters)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 107-67, Jonny Venters 9-4, Craig Kimbrel 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-8, Jonny Venters 1-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Jonny Venters 3, Craig Kimbrel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35238
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - David Rackley