Braves 6, Brewers 2

Chipper Jones said it might have taken a little more than a big

hit from Alex Gonzalez, a strong start from Jair Jurrjens and a

homer from backup catcher David Ross for the Braves to finally beat

Yovani Gallardo.

Jones kidded a little witchcraft might have been involved.

Gonzalez hit a three-run double to give Atlanta the lead and the

Braves finally solved Gallardo, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2

on Monday night.

Gallardo began the day 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career starts

against Atlanta, including a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win on April

5 in Milwaukee.

”We snapped the head off a chicken and, I don’t know, exorcised

a demon,” said Jones joking around.

Ross hit a homer in the third inning before the Braves knocked

Gallardo (2-2) out of the game in the sixth. Gonzalez cleared the

bases with his double before scoring on a single by Nate

McLouth.

The four runs Gallardo allowed in the sixth matched his total

allowed over 37 1/3 innings in his first five starts against the

Braves.

”He’s been scuffling a little as of late,” said Jones, who had

two hits.

Jurrjens appears to be gaining momentum.

Jurrjens (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks in 7

2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts as he continues his comeback

from a frustrating 2010 season shortened by injuries.

”It’s not so much what I’m doing, I’m just pain-free,”

Jurrjens said.

Gallardo allowed nine hits and five runs in five-plus innings.

He matched his season high with four walks while striking out

seven.

The right-hander has allowed four or more earned runs in five

straight starts, leaving his ERA at 6.10.

”I thought he looked better this time than he did his last

outing,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke of Gallardo. ”Still

isn’t like we saw in the first couple games, but we thought it was

better. Rhythm was better.

”The walks hurt him but I didn’t think they hit the ball that

hard. This guy is used to being in every ball game that he pitches.

He’s used to keeping that run total down. I’m sure he’s getting a

little frustrated with it but I think there is improvement

there.”

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Yuniesky

Betancourt’s two-run triple. Jurrjens retired the next 11 batters

before giving up infield singles to Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez

in the eighth.

The double by Gonzalez in the sixth drove in Jones, Dan Uggla

and Freddie Freeman. Jones and Freeman reached on walks from

Gallardo.

Jason Heyward walked off Zach Braddock in the seventh, moved to

third on Jones’ double and scored on a head-first slide on

Freeman’s broken-bat fly ball to center field.

Ross hit his third homer in his 19th at-bat. Ross plays behind

All-Star Brian McCann, who has two homers in 97 at-bats.

”It’s nice to give Mac a night off and perform well,” said

Ross, who added that his work behind the plate wasn’t

difficult.

”Jair Jurrjens, when he’s pitching like that, it makes my job

easy,” Ross said.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may continue to pair Ross

with Jurrjens as a way of giving McCann a rest every five

games.

Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for Atlanta.

Notes: Roenicke said the Brewers expect to activate OF Nyjer

Morgan (right quadriceps contusion) from the 15-day disabled list

on Tuesday. RHP Zack Greinke (fractured left rib) is scheduled to

be activated to start against the Braves on Wednesday. … Jurrjens

threw 101 pitches, including 73 strikes. … Attendance was 14,126.

… Corey Hart, running toward the foul line, made a diving catch

to take a hit away from Ross in the eighth.