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Jair Jurrjens Goes The Distance, Leads Atlanta Braves Past Baltimore Orioles

July 1st, 2011 at 11:11 PM
By Cody Fields

Jair Jurrjens carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning Friday night on his way to his first career shutout and second career complete game. He allowed only one hit to the Baltimore Orioles as the Atlanta Braves took the first game of a three-game series.

The sure-shot All-Star pitcher struck out eight and did not allow a runner past second base, and that only happened twice. Jurrjens was perfect through five before surrendering his only walk and allowed no hits through 6 2/3 innings.

Jurrjens picked up his 11th win and dropped his ERA to 1.91, both best among National League starting pitchers.

Jurrjens also had help starting in the sixth inning. After Jordan Schafer singled to center field, Jason Heyward blasted a homer to right-center hard-luck loser Jeremy Guthrie, his first since April 30.

Schafer and Heyward then led off the eighth with their own singles, followed by a Chipper Jones RBI single to put the game at 3-0. Freddie Freeman grounded into what would have been a double play, but Derek Lee's throw hit Jones in the helmet and careened into center, allowing Heyward to score the game's final run.

In the 15 games Heyward has played since coming off the disabled list, Heyward is hitting .281 with six extra base hits and six RBI.

Atlanta kept pace with the victorious Philadelphia Philles, they remain four games back in the division.

Saturday's 7:10 contest will see Jake Arieta (9-4 , 4..50 ERA) take the hill against Tim Hudson (6-6 , 3.51ERA).

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Heyward, MLB

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