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Braves Vs. Phillies Score: Long Balls Give Atlanta A 3-1 Lead Through Five Innings

Despite sporting less-than-stellar stuff, Jair Jurrjens has allowed just one run through five innings as the Braves hold a 3-1 lead after five.

Atlanta's first two runs came in the second inning on a two-run home run by Alex Gonzalez on a grooved changeup by Cole Hamels. The other run came in the fifth inning on a solo homer by Freddie Freeman on a fastball down the middle.

The Braves have two other hits - singles by Freeman and Martin Prado. Freeman is 2-2 with two runs scored, a homer and RBI. Gonzalez has once again proved to be very valuable, hitting a go-ahead home run and making several big defensive plays at short.

Jurrjens has allowed one run on five hits in five innings, walking one and striking out two. Two of the hits are doubles, but Jurrjens has held the Phillies to one run when Jimmy Rollins singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Placido Polanco.

Jurrjens' fastball has sat 88-91, which is a tick below normal for him, and he has left several up and flat. He has also spotted several of them well and showed good movement at times. The changeup has been pretty good so far, but the slider hasn't been seen often.

Hamels is being bit by the home run bug, allowing all three runs on two long balls. He has allowed five hits through five innings with no walks and six strikeouts. He has yet to give up a flyout despite the two home runs.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans check out The Good Phight.

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