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Braves Vs. Padres Final Score: Jair Jurrjens Goes The Distance In 8-2 Braves Win

Jair Jurrjens pitched a complete game with one run allowed, and David Ross backed him with two home runs, as the Braves defeated the Padres, 8-2.

Jurrjens went nine for the first time in his career, allowing two runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out four. He gave up three doubles, one triple and five singles, and only one single was hard hit. Jurrjens was a model of efficiency, keeping a low pitch count throughout, and ending at 114 with 81 strikes. He induced 14 groundouts to six flyouts. Jurrjens didn't reach Aaron Harang's pitch count until the ninth inning.

The Braves started the scoring early in the first with a two-run home run by Chipper Jones. Ross added a solo homer in the second inning for a three-run lead.

The Braves poured it on with five runs in the sixth. They loaded the bases with no outs and scored two on a single by Alex Gonzalez. Ross followed with his second home run, a two-run shot for a seven-run lead.

The Padres scored their lone run in the fourth on a RBI triple by Orlando Hudson that was misplayed by Nate McLouth in center field.

Ross went 2-4 with two home runs and four RBIs. His two long balls matches fellow catcher Brian McCann for his season total so far. Chipper went 2-5 with a home run and two RBIs. His two RBIs gives him 1,509 for his career, tying him with Mickey Mantle for 50th all time. Gonzalez added two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, and also added several more impressive defensive plays.

Aaron Harang was largely ineffective for the Padres, not able to command his fastball at all and was forced to throw his breaking stuff a lot. All three home runs allowed came on fastballs in the zone. He allowed eight runs in six innings. Evan Scribner pitched two scoreless innings behind him, and Ernesto Frieri added a scoreless inning.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Padres fans check out Gaslamp Ball.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.