The Braves have taken advantage of an ineffective Aaron Harang for eight runs in six innings as they lead, 8-1.
With the Braves up 3-1 after five, they scored five runs in the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with no outs, and Alex Gonzalez singled in two. After Nate McLouth struck out, David Ross hit his second home run of the game for a seven-run lead.
Ross now has two home runs and four RBIs on two fastballs left up in the zone by Harang. He has as many homers in one night as Brian McCann does all season.
It was obvious through five innings that the Braves weren't done with Harang considering he has zero fastball command and has been forced to use his breaking stuff throughout. He has allowed eight runs on seven hits in six innings, walking three and striking out two.
Jair Jurrjens cruised through five, throwing just 46 pitches and 10 balls while allowing one run on five hits and no walks. He gave up just one hard hit ball through the five innings - a triple by Orlando Hudson that was misplayed by Nate McLouth in center and costing the Braves the run. Jurrjens hit a bit of a snag in the sixth by allowing a double and walk, but he got three outs to end the inning at 66 pitches. He's certainly on pace for at least eight innings.
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