KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Jair Jurrjens might have been the best pitcher in the National League in the first half of last season.
Eight months later, the Atlanta Braves right-hander was happy to get through his first spring training appearance without any pain in his right knee.
"I was trying to get the feel of pushing off and not feeling anything, and I think I succeeded in pushing off with no pain," Jurrjens said after pitching two innings in a 10-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.
Jurrjens threw 47 pitches and was charged with two runs and three hits. The right-hander struck out none and walked one.
"I think at times I tried to do too much and I left some balls up," he said. "But I think if we see the whole picture, I made some quality pitches and I got some soft fly balls. I went to (the slider) too much against lefties and put myself in the hitters' count too much. But that's what spring training is for, to see what you can use in the season."
Dan Uggla homered and Jason Heyward had a two-run single for Atlanta, which scored six times in the last three innings. Uggla and Brian McCann each went 2 for 3.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles gave up two runs and four hits in two innings. Jed Lowrie, Matt Downs and J.B. Shuck each had two of the Astros' 11 hits.
Jurrjens was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA in his first 16 starts last year, but finished with a 13-6 record. He made his last appearance on Aug. 30, no small factor in the collapse of the Braves.
"Right now I'm just trying to get the strength in my legs back, and see if I feel anything, too. So far, so good, and I'll just keep working on it," Jurrjens said.
"My leg is responding really well to everything, and that's the only thing you can ask for."
The 21-year-old Lyles also had mediocre results.
"It's to be expected the first time out facing live hitters," he said. "I made a couple pitches to get ground balls, but they found holes. Hats off to them, but it really came down to me falling behind guys and throwing too many pitches in that first inning."
NOTES: LHP Zach Duke, a non-roster invitee competing with Lyles for a spot in the rotation, worked three innings in his spring debut. He allowed one run and three hits. ... Uggla's first spring homer came off Xavier Cedeno, who struck out the other three Braves he faced. ... Carlos Lee is expected to play first base for the Astros on Tuesday after missing the first three games with a strained right hamstring.
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.143|
|Stefan Gartrell, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.111|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Brian McCann, DH||3||2||2||0||1||1||0||.500|
|a- Jordan Parraz, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||2||1||1||0||3||.400|
|Josh Wilson, PR-2B||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||2||3||.250|
|Todd Cunningham, PR-RF||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.167|
|Ernesto Mejia, 1B||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Joe Terdoslavich, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||0||3||.667|
|Jose Constanza, LF-CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.200|
|J.C. Boscan, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Christian Bethancourt, C||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for McCann in the 8th|
|2B - Dan Uggla (1, Cruz), Joe Terdoslavich 2 (2, Duke, Del Rosario)|
|3B - Michael Bourn (1, Duke), Andrelton Simmons (1, Abreu)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (1, Cedeno)|
|SF - Josh Wilson (1), Christian Bethancourt 2 (2)|
|SH - Jose Constanza (1)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (1), Dan Uggla (1), Josh Wilson (1), Jason Heyward 2 (2), Joe Terdoslavich (1), Jose Constanza (1), Christian Bethancourt 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (1), Jason Heyward 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Pastornicky-Uggla-Hinske, Uggla-Simmons-Hinske, Spruill-Bethancourt-Mejia|
|E - Dan Uggla (1, Throwing)|
|Robert Fish (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Yohan Flande (H,1)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Luis Avilan (H,1)||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||9.00|
|Todd Redmond (BS,1; W,1-0)||2||4||2||2||2||0||0||9.00|
|Cory Gearrin (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|WP - Jair Jurrjens (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 14-9, Robert Fish 5-4, Yohan Flande 7-3, Luis Avilan 9-4, Todd Redmond 16-8, Cory Gearrin 3-3, Zeke Spruill 8-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 2-4, Robert Fish 3-1, Yohan Flande 2-0, Luis Avilan 2-1, Todd Redmond 3-1, Cory Gearrin 2-1, Zeke Spruill 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 10, Robert Fish 4, Yohan Flande 4, Luis Avilan 5, Todd Redmond 10, Cory Gearrin 3, Zeke Spruill 5|
|Jordan Schafer, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.400|
|J.B. Shuck, LF||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||.750|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Jonathan Villar, SS||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||.000|
|Brian Bogusevic, RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Jason Bourgeois, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|J.D. Martinez, LF||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||.500|
|Brad Snyder, RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Jack Cust, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|a- Fernando Martinez, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.500|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.750|
|Joe Thurston, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Matt Downs, 3B||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||.333|
|Diory Hernandez, PR-3B||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Moore, 1B||2||0||0||1||2||0||0||.333|
|Jason Castro, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|Carlos Corporan, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|b- Jake Goebbert, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rene Garcia, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Cust in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Corporan in the 8th|
|2B - J.D. Martinez (1, Jurrjens), Joe Thurston (1, Redmond), Matt Downs (1, Jurrjens)|
|SF - J.D. Martinez (1)|
|RBI - J.B. Shuck (1), J.D. Martinez (5), Jed Lowrie (1), Matt Downs (1), Scott Moore (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.B. Shuck (1)|
|SB - Brian Bogusevic 2 (2, 3rd base off Fish/Boscan, 2nd base off Avilan/Boscan)|
|CS - J.B. Shuck (1, 2nd base by Redmond/Bethancourt)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Downs-Altuve-Moore, J. Villar-Thurston-Moore, J. Villar-Moore|
|E - Matt Downs (1, Throwing), Scott Moore (1, Throwing)|
|Rhiner Cruz (BS,1; L,0-1)||0||2||4||3||2||0||0||0.00|
|Enerio Del Rosario||1||1||1||1||1||1||0||9.00|
|HBP - Boscan (by Zach Duke)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 16-12, Xavier Cedeno 14-12, Zach Duke 20-11, Rhiner Cruz 11-3, Henry Villar 3-3, Juan Abreu 4-4, Enerio Del Rosario 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 2-3, Zach Duke 5-3, Rhiner Cruz 1-0, Henry Villar 1-1, Juan Abreu 1-2, Enerio Del Rosario 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 11, Xavier Cedeno 4, Zach Duke 14, Rhiner Cruz 5, Henry Villar 3, Juan Abreu 4, Enerio Del Rosario 5|
|Attendance - 3052|
|Game Time - 3:18|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Paul Nauert|