Jair Jurrjens continues to shine. He was perfect through 5 2/3 and even reached base twice. The Braves really needed it.
They led off the game in style, getting back-to-back homers from Martin Prado and Nate McLouth before resuming Hibernation Mode. At the time, it was looking like Jurrjens could keep any lead, as he was striking out many of the Phillies and getting the rest to hit ground balls. But with two out in the sixth, he
walked allowed a hit to a pinch-hitter, then allowed a double to Jimmy Rollins to make it 2-1, though Eric Hinske threw out Rollins at third trying to stretch.
At any event, that woke up the offense for a little. Dan Uggla walked and Freddie Freeman reached on an infield single (I thought they got Uggla at second trying for the force.) Alex Gonzalez provided the usual noisy out, moving Uggla to third on a long fly ball. David Ross then laid down a bunt, reaching on a single and scoring Uggla. Jurrjens worked a walk, then Prado singled home two to make it 5-1.
After Phillies went in order in the seventh, the Braves loaded the bases with none out but couldn’t score. Jurrjens tired and allowed another walk-and-double combination with one out in the eighth. Jonny Venters came in but wasn’t at his sharpest, and allowed the runner to score on a passed ball to make it 5-3. Craig Kimbrel allowed a one-out walk in the ninth but that was it, and struck out two.