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Jurrjens pitches Braves past reeling Marlins

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MIAMI -- Jair Jurrjens is all the Atlanta Braves needed to come up with a rare sweep of the Marlins in Florida.

Jurrjens threw seven solid innings and drove in a run as the Braves handed the Marlins their eighth straight loss with a 3-2 win Thursday night. Alex Gonzalez also drove in a run with a double as the Braves completed a three-game sweep at Sun Life Stadium for the first time since May 2-4, 1995.

"They always pitch really good against us and this is a tough lineup," Jurrjens said. "To come here and try to battle this heat is not easy. These guys play us like we are playing in the World Series. We have a small rivalry between us."

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The eight-game losing streak for the Marlins is their longest skid since they also dropped eight in a row Aug. 15-22, 2007.

"When you go back, it's one pitch, one play, it's one something during the game," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "That clutch hit never shows. Then again, they're battling out there. The intensity is out there. We need to keep playing with that intensity until we get out of this."

Jurrjens (8-2), the league leader with a 1.82 ERA, allowed two runs and six hits. He threw 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes and struck out two.

"J.J. was outstanding," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Eric O'Flaherty tossed a scoreless eighth and Jonny Venters pitched the ninth to earn his second save in three opportunities as Gonzalez gave closer Craig Kimbrel the night off after a 28-pitch appearance Wednesday.

"I try not to make it any different, but there's definitely a little bit more excitement out there [in the ninth]," Venters said.

Chris Volstad (2-6) had his no-hit bid ended in the sixth on Matt Young's leadoff single.

Young hit a 75-foot dribbler down the first-base line, and the ball traced the line as catcher John Buck raced toward it but let it run its course until it stopped in fair territory on the dirt. Volstad had retired 10 straight before Young's hit.

Young scored three batters later when Gonzalez smacked a double off the left-field wall for a 1-0 lead.

Volstad unraveled in the seventh when he allowed four basehits, walked a batter, and threw a wild pitch resulting in a run. One of the hits was an RBI single by Jurrjens, which gave the Braves a 3-0 edge and ended Volstad's outing.

Volstad allowed three runs and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings.

"The last two games, I feel like I've been throwing well," Volstad said. "Attacking the zone. Feeling good. That's all I can concentrate on."

Jurrjens was in a groove until Mike Stanton hit a solo home run with two outs in the seventh cut the deficit to 3-1. Buck followed with a double and Emilio Bonifacio singled him home, but Jurrjens got out of the inning as Wes Helms flew out.

"I let my guard down a little bit," Jurrjens said.

"He got the hamster back on the wheel and got Helms out," Gonzalez said.

Notes

  • Braves LF Martin Prado missed his second straight start after bruising his left knee when he was hit by a throw while stealing second base Tuesday.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez (back) fielded groundballs before the game for the first time. He will begin his rehabilitation assignment on Friday with Single-A Jupiter.
  • Seven of the Marlins' eight losses in the losing streak have been by one run.
 
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Jair Jurrjens leads the NL with a 1.82 ERA, and also records an RBI in the win over the Marlins. (AP)
Jair Jurrjens leads the NL with a 1.82 ERA, and also records an RBI in the win over the Marlins. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 2
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4000023 .196
Alex Gonzalez, SS4011010 .266
Brian McCann, C4010011 .304
Chipper Jones, 3B3010110 .252
Freddie Freeman, 1B4110012 .271
Eric Hinske, LF2000111 .283
   a- Joe Mather, PH-RF1000002 .246
Brooks Conrad, 2B3110021 .171
    Dan Uggla, 2B1000010 .170
Matt Young, RF-LF3110100 .138
Jair Jurrjens, P2011000 .125
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   b- Diory Hernandez, PH1000000 .316
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
Totals32372310  
a-flied out for Hinske in the 8th
b-grounded out for O'Flaherty in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (10, Volstad), Brian McCann (14, Sanches)
SH - Jair Jurrjens (5)
RBI - Alex Gonzalez (19), Jair Jurrjens (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez (5), Jair Jurrjens (1)
CS - Chipper Jones (1, 2nd base by Volstad/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (W,8-2) 7622021 1.82
Eric O'Flaherty (H,12) 1100000 1.52
Jonny Venters (S,2) 1000010 0.47
HBP - Morrison (by Eric O'Flaherty)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 87-61, Eric O'Flaherty 18-11, Jonny Venters 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 10-9, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1, Jonny Venters 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 27, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Jonny Venters 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF4000001 .238
Omar Infante, 2B4010001 .254
Logan Morrison, LF3010000 .289
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000003 .305
Greg Dobbs, 3B4000012 .325
Mike Stanton, RF4111000 .256
John Buck, C4110010 .223
Emilio Bonifacio, SS4021010 .255
Chris Volstad, P2010001 .217
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000001 .220
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .500
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P00000001.000
Totals3427203  
a-flied out for Mujica in the 7th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (8, O'Flaherty), John Buck (10, Jurrjens)
HR - Mike Stanton (14, Jurrjens)
RBI - Mike Stanton (36), Emilio Bonifacio (10)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Stanton (15), Emilio Bonifacio (4)
Team LOB - 6
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad (L,2-6) 6.2633270 5.51
Edward Mujica 0.1000010 3.41
Brian Sanches 0.1100100 1.80
Randy Choate 0.1000010 0.87
Burke Badenhop 1.1000010 2.40
IBB - Jones by Brian Sanches
WP - Chris Volstad (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 113-70, Edward Mujica 7-4, Brian Sanches 11-3, Randy Choate 4-3, Burke Badenhop 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 9-3, Burke Badenhop 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 27, Edward Mujica 1, Brian Sanches 3, Randy Choate 1, Burke Badenhop 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16613
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Andy Fletcher