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Braves Vs. Padres Final Score: Jair Jurrjens Earns 10th Win Of The Season

Jair Jurrjens became the first pitcher in the National League to earn his tenth win as Atlanta's offense exploded late in a 10-1 Braves victory. Jurrjens pitched out of trouble in both the fifth and sixth innings while lowering his league best ERA to 2.07.

The Atlanta offense exploded late and was powered by eight extra base hits in the game. The Braves staked Jurrjens to an early lead before he ever took the mound. Jason Heyward hit a one out double in the first and scored one batter later on a Chipper Jones RBI single giving Atlanta the early 1-0 lead. 

The Braves would tack on another run in the second with Dan Uggla scoring on a Nate McLouth double that Cameron Maybin misplayed in center. San Diego would close to within 2-1 in the third as Jurrjens surrendered his only run of the night on a home run to Alberto Gonzalez

After tacking on another run in the sixth, Atlanta busted out in the eighth against Padres reliever Chad Qualls. The rally was started by of all things a Brian McCann bunt single. After the Padres shifted their defense, McCann slapped the ball down the third base line that Qualls fielded but couldn't make a throw on. Up next was Freddie Freeman who put runners at second and third with a double off of the wall in left. Dan Uggla made the score 4-1 with a single to left scoring McCann. Alex Gonzalez then dropped down a squeeze bunt that scored Freeman to make the score 5-1. Nate McLouth capped off the inning with an opposite field ground rule double to score Uggla that hit just fair before bouncing into the stands.

The Braves would add four more runs in the ninth with the big blows coming on a Jordan Schafer triple, a Chipper Jones double, and a long three run home run to center by Dan Uggla.

Jurrjens pitched out of trouble in both the fifth and the sixth innings. He pitched around two walks in the fifth before getting Will Venable to foul out to Chipper Jones at third to end the inning. The Padres again put the first two batters on in the sixth but Jurrjens rallied to hold them at bay retiring the next three batters.

Offensively, six of Atlanta's eight extra base hits were doubles. Jason Heyward and Nate McLouth each had two apiece. Schafer's triple was his 11th of the season. Five different Braves hitters had at least two hits in the game led by McLouth and Freeman.

Jurrjens gets his 10th win of the season after allowing three hits and one run over six innings. He walked four while striking out two. Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters, and Scott Linebrink combined to close things out allowing one hit and a walk over the next three innings.

Dustin Moseley sees his record drop to 2-7 for the Padres after allowing three runs (two earned) over 5.2 innings. Chad Qualls and Evan Scribner were hit hard allowing seven hits and seven runs in just two innings of work.  

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