It wasn't necessarily a thing of beauty, but Atlanta finished off a three game sweep of the Florida Marlins 3-2 behind the pitching and the bat of pitcher Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens allowed two runs in seven innings and also knocked in a run for Atlanta who improved their record to 35-28.
Both Jurrjens and Florida starter Chris Volstad were in full control in the early going. Atlanta didn't collect its first hit until the sixth inning when Matt Young reached on an infield single to first. Jurrjens bunted Young to second but Jordan Schafer struck out for the second out of the inning. Alex Gonzalez then followed with a two out double giving Atlanta the lead 1-0.
The Braves would add to their lead in the seventh. Chipper Jones led off with an infield single but was erased trying to steal second. Freddie Freeman then followed with a single. After Eric Hinske struck out, Brooks Conrad singled to right giving Atlanta runners at the corners with two outs. A Volstad wild pitch scored Freeman and extended Atlanta's lead to 2-0. Matt Young then worked a walk that pushed Conrad into scoring position for Jurrjens who singled to right making the score 3-0.
Florida finally broke through against Jurrjens in the bottom half of the inning. Mike Stanton hit a two home run to left putting the Marlins on the board. John Buck followed with a double and scored on an Emilio Bonifacio single making the score 3-2.
Eric O'Flaherty worked a scoreless eighth while Jonny Venters came on in the ninth for his second save of the season. Fredi Gonzalez went with Venters giving regular closer Craig Kimbrel the night off after blowing the save in Wednesday's victory.
Jurrjens pushes his record to 8-2 on the season while Volstad falls to 2-6. The Braves open a four game set with the Astros tomorrow.