Jurrjens Dominates Marlins As Braves Sweep Series

The last time the Braves swept the Marlins in Florida, Jair Jurrjens was nine years old.

Jurrjens dominated the Marlins, not allowing a run until the seventh inning, and the Braves finish off a sweep of the Marlins with another 3-2 victory. The sweep is the first for the Braves against the Marlins in Florida since May 1995. The loss extended the Marlins' losing streak to eight games, seven of them by one run.

Marlins starter Chris Volstad didn't pitch all that bad either, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Both he and Jurrjens kept the opposing offense at bay for much of the game, but the Braves were finally able to strike first in the sixth. Leading off, Matt Young reached base when he knocked a slow ground ball that refused to roll foul along the first base line. Jurrjens sacrificed him over and with two outs, Alex Gonzalez drove a double off the top of the high left field wall to score Young.

The offense tacked on some much-needed insurance runs in the seventh. Singles from Freddie Freeman and Brooks Conrad put runners at the corners with two outs for Matt Young. Volstad's 1-2 pitch narrowly missed Young and went to the wall, allowing Freeman to score without a play. Jurrjens then helped himself with a single to score Conrad.

The Marlins put together three straight hits in the bottom of the inning. Mike Stanton hit a towering home run to left with two outs and John Buck smacked a double on the very next pitch. Two pitches later, Emilio Bonifacio drove him in with a single to right.

That's as far as they could get, though. Eric O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jonny Venters easily shut down the Marlins in the ninth for his second save to complete the sweep.

Sweeping this series was a nice recovery from losing four of six. The Braves travel to Houston next.

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