Braves Defeat Brewers 6-2 Behind Big Nights From Jair Jurrjens and Alex Gonzalez

Jair Jurrjens was great once again tonight. He pitched into the 8th inning for his second straight start and allowed just two runs to a potent Brewers lineup. He allowed seven hits and struck out four. He was opposed by Yovani Gallardo and despite striking out seven Braves batters, Gallardo lasted just five innings.

David Ross scored the first run of the game on a solo home run in the third inning. In 23 at-bats, Ross now has three home runs and eight RBIs. The Brewers battled back in the fourth and took the lead on a 2-run triple from Yuniesky Betancourt. The ball was hit well to center field and Nate McLouth had a chance to make the catch, but he got a bad jump on the ball and missed the catch by inches.

Trailing 2-1 in the 6th inning, the Braves bats came alive. Chipper Jones walked to lead off the inning, Dan Uggla singled, and Freddie Freeman walked to load the bases. Gallardo threw Alex Gonzalez a hanging curveball and he ripped it down the left field line to score all three runners. With Gonzalez on second base, Nate McLouth followed with a bloop RBI-single to left field to make the score 6-2.

The Brewers attempted to mount a rally in the 8th inning. With runners on 1st and 2nd and only one out, Ryan Braun came to the plate. Braun hit the ball to third and Chipper Jones made an impressive play to gather the ball and throw the runner out at first. With left-handed slugger Prince Fielder making his way to the plate, Fredi Gonzalez removed Jurrjens and brought in Eric O'Flaherty to record the final out. He got Fielder to ground out weakly back to the mound, and the threat was erased.

Jurrjens received a standing ovation from the Turner Field crowd as he departed.

Craig Kimbrel came in to close out the game in the 9th inning and struck out two Brewers to clinch the Braves second straight win in the month of May.

The Braves played a complete game tonight and they flashed the leather on multiple occasions. Alex Gonzalez was a human highlight reel at shortstop and both Chipper Jones and Dan Uggla made difficult plays look easy.

MVP(s):

Jair Jurrjens - W, 7.2IP, 7H, 2R, 0BB, 4K

Alex Gonzalez - 2-for-4, 2B, 3RBI

LVP(s):

Yovani Gallardo - 5IP, 9H, 5R, 4BB, 7K

What's Next:

Tommy Hanson will attempt to overcome Ryan Braun and the rest of the Brewers lineup which have pounded him in the past. Marco Estrada will get the start for Milwaukee.

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