Jair Jurrjens pitched five strong innings to get his first win of the season, and even drove in what proved to be the game-winning run, as the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 tonight in Atlanta.
Jurrjens could turn out to be one of the year’s best mid-season “acquistions”, and showed that tonight in his return to the Braves’ starting rotation, tossing five solid innings of one-run ball at the Nationals to get his first win of the year.
The Braves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a first inning rbi-double by Brian McCann, and then scored two fourth inning runs to go up 3-0, with Jurrjens’ rbi-single and Martin Prado’s rbi sacrifice fly accounting for the Atlanta runs.
The teams traded a pair of runs after that, with the Nationals scoring a sixth inning run, and the Braves countering with a seventh inning run that scored when Eric Hinske drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Peter Moylan, Jonny Venters, Takashi Saito, and Billy Wagner combined to pitch four scoreless innings of two-hit ball to close out the game for Atlanta, with each of them tossing a scoreless inning.
Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Braves, striking out the side and notching his 16th save of the season.
The Braves improved to 46-33 with the win, while the loss dropped the Nats to 34-45.