Jurrjens Rocked As Braves Fall To Washington 9-2

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves walks off the field after being pulled in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Things hit rock bottom for Jair Jurrjens Sunday afternoon in Washington, as the right-hander gave up nine hits and six runs in just 2.1 innings in Atlanta's 9-2 loss to Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman got things going in the first, as he crushed a home run to right field with Steve Lombardozzi on first to make it a 2-0 game. Michael Morse followed with a single, and scored on a Danny Espinosa double to make it 3-0. Roger Bernadina singled as well, bringing in Espinosa and making it a 4-0 game after the first.

Zimmerman struck again in the third, launching his second home run of the game to make it a 5-0 game in favor of Washington. Morse doubled and scored on a single from Espinosa to up Washington's advantage to 6-0.

Jurrjens left after that, finishing with a line of 2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, and 0 K.

With runners on first and second against Luis Avilan in the fifth, Sandy Leon doubled home both Morse and Espinosa to up the deficit to 8-0.

The Braves finally got on the board in the sixth against Ross Detwiler, as a passed ball brought in Martin Prado, and a groundout from Freddie Freeman scored Jason Heyward. That made it an 8-2 game.

Washington added one more run in the bottom of the sixth, ending the scoring at 9-2.

Jonny Venters pitched two scoreless innings of relief, which is a very good sign for Atlanta and its bullpen.

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