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
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
The four runs Gallardo allowed in the sixth matched his total
allowed over 37 1/3 innings in his first five starts against the
”He’s been scuffling a little as of late,” said Jones, who had
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,”
Gallardo allowed nine hits and five runs in five-plus innings.
He matched his season high with four walks while striking out
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
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
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
”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
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.