Jurrjens And Prado Lead Braves Past Phillies

It's not often a team leads off a game with back-to-back home runs, but that's exactly what the Braves did against Joe Blanton in beating the Phillies 5-3 and evening up the series at one win each.

Martin Prado smashed Blanton's second pitch over the wall in left-center for his sixth home run of the season. Four pitches later, Nate McLouth took Blanton deep for his third bomb of the season. It was the first time since 2003 the Braves had hit back-to-back home runs to start a game.

Following the first inning home runs, Blanton kept the Braves off the scoreboard. He struck out five in five innings and issued only one walk.

Jair Jurrjens handled the rest. He dominated the Phillies, holding them hitless until the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Michael Martinez singled with two outs and scored from first on a Jimmy Rollins double.

The Braves, however, answered back in the bottom of the inning against J.C. Romero. Dan Uggla walked with one out and Freddie Freeman smacked a ground ball deep in the hole to Rollins. The throw to second to force Uggla was close, but the call was safe. Several Phillies argued, but to no avail, and Romero was pulled in favor of Braves nemesis Kyle Kendrick. A deep fly ball from Alex Gonzalez advanced Uggla to third, and David Ross batted with two outs. He surprised the defense with a bunt down the third base line that Kendrick bobbled, allowing Uggla to score. A walk to Jurrjens loaded the bases for Prado, and he obliged with a single to center to score two.

Jurrjens held the Phillies to three hits and three runs in 7.1 innings while striking out six. A one-out walk to Raul Ibanez in the eighth led to Wilson Valdez's run-scoring double. That forced Jurrjens from the game for Jonny Venters, but Venters plunked pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz on his first pitch and John Mayberry followed with a run-scoring groundout. He retired Jimmy Rollins to end the scoring threat.

Craig Kimbrel struck out two in the ninth for his ninth save of the season. Jurrjens is now 5-0 this season with a 1.66 ERA.

Halladay vs. Hudson on Sunday.

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