Jurrjens Gets Home Run Help, Braves Top Phillies 5-2

The Phillies took two of three from the Braves in Atlanta in their first meeting of the season, so the Braves decided to return the favor.

The Braves hit three home runs in support of Jair Jurrjens and won the finale of the weekend series in Philadelphia 5-2.

After not scoring at all against Cole Hamels in Atlanta, the Braves got on the board early against him in the second inning, With two outs, Alex Gonzalez lifted a two-run homer just inside the left field pole to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Phillies cut the lead to 2-1 in the third on Placido Polanco's RBI single, but the Braves took the run right back in the fifth on Freddie Freeman's fourth home run of the season.

Their third-inning run was all the Phillies could muster against Jurrjens in 6.1 innings despite eight hits.

The Braves offense added some insurance in the eighth. Hamels departed after seven innings and left the rest of the game to the bullpen. Michael Stutes walked Nate McLouth leading off the eighth and pinch-hitter Eric Hinske followed with a deep home run to right, giving the Braves a 5-1 lead.

The Phillies, however, would not go quietly. Leading off the eighth against Jonny Venters, Shane Victorino tripled deep to left-center and scored on Polanco's weak infield grounder. They brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but Venters induced an easy fly ball from John Mayberry to end the inning.

The fun didn't end there, though. One out into the ninth against Craig Kimbrel, pinch-hitter Ross Gload singled and Jimmy Rollins walked with the middle of the order looming behind Shane Victorino. Kimbrel, however, struck out Victorino looking and Polanco flied to center to end the game.

Jurrjens is now 4-0 this season; Freddie Freeman had his first career three-hit game; Alex Gonzalez left the game in the eighth inning with what seemed to be a slight groin strain.

The Braves head back home for a three-game series against Washington starting Tuesday.

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