Jurrjens sharp in return, Braves top Red Sox 4-1

Jair Jurrjens made an impressive return to the majors by

limiting the Boston Red Sox to one run and three hits, leading the

Atlanta Braves to a 4-1 win on Friday night.

Jurrjens, an All-Star last season when he topped the Braves with

13 wins, worked 7 2-3 innings and left after allowing an RBI double

by Daniel Nava that drove in Will Middlebrooks, who led off the

eighth with a double. Adrian Gonzalez’s single in the first was

Boston’s only other hit.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 22

opportunities.

The Braves got at least one hit in each of the seven innings

pitched by Jon Lester (4-5).

Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs for Atlanta and Jason

Heyward had two doubles and a single to help the Braves win their

third straight after losing seven of eight.