Jurrjens leads Braves
By Pat Graham
DENVER ó Chipper Jones hit a two-run single in the fifth to break open a scoreless game, Jair Jurrjens pitched into the eighth inning without allowing a run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night.
The contest was a makeup from a snow-out on April 10.
Jones, mired in a 2-for-15 slump entering the game, finished 2-for-4 with a walk, raising his average a point to .403.
Jeff Francoeur had two hits, including a two-run double in the seventh, and Brandon Jones added a two-out, two-run single in the ninth.
Jurrjens (7-3) won for the seventh time this season, tops among rookies in the major leagues. He struck out seven and allowed eight hits in a career-high 7 2/3 innings.
So much for his ankle bothering him. Jurrjens was scratched from his start last Wednesday after he twisted his left ankle tumbling down the clubhouse stairs in Chicago.
Jurrjens pitched out of jams all night, including the seventh when he gave up a triple to Brad Hawpe to open the inning.
After walking Chris Iannetta, Jurrjens struck out Omar Quintanilla, got a nifty over-the-shoulder catch by Jones on Scott Podsednikís blooper to short left and then enticed Willy Taveras to ground out to end the threat.
Ubaldo Jimenez struggled with his command all evening, tying a career-high with five walks over five innings. He allowed three runs ó two earned ó and struck out seven.
Jimenez (1-7) hasnít won since April 8 against Atlanta, a span of 13 starts.
Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins each had two hits while Aaron Cook collected his first pinch-hit single when he batted for Jimenez in the fifth.
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