Jurrjens lifted after three innings in Braves loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a season full of disappointments, Juan

Uribe was undoubtedly the biggest for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year

— at least on the field. And no one in their clubhouse has more

incentive this time around than he does.

Uribe tied a career high

with four hits and drove in three runs to lead the Dodgers to a 7-2

victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, improving their record

to an NL-best 13-4.

Two of Uribe’s hits came off All-Star starter Jair Jurrjens, optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after the game with a 9.37 ERA.


a 12-year veteran, was limited to 77 games in 2011 because of a

strained hip flexor on his left side and a lower abdominal strain. He

had an RBI single in the first and a two-run single with the bases

loaded in the eighth.

The third baseman came in batting .211 with

one RBI in 38 at-bats over his first 11 games, and returned to the

lineup Sunday after missing four games with an injured left wrist.


was hurt last year, but I wanted to play and show the guys I could play

and help the team,” said Uribe, in the second season of a three-year,

$21 million contract after helping San Francisco win the 2010 World

Series. “I’m not putting too much pressure on myself right now. For me,

it was just important for us to win the game. That’s why I come to the


A.J. Ellis had a pair of RBI singles and Chris Capuano

(2-0) pitched in and out of trouble for seven innings. The left-hander

allowed a run, six hits and four walks while striking out five.


needed 27 pitches to get out of the first inning unscathed, striking

out Jason Heyward on a full count with the bases loaded. He escaped

another jam in the fourth, retiring leadoff man Michael Bourn on a

grounder with two runners in scoring position.

“It was a battle,

but luckily I had a pretty decent cutter working, and that helped me out

in that last situation,” Capuano said. “I was struggling with my

command early, and I wasn’t able to get those calls on the inside of the

plate to right-handers. I was just missing it and I gave up four walks,

which is a high amount for me.”

Atlanta third baseman Chipper

Jones, who is 1 for 13 with five strikeouts against Capuano, sat this

one out on the eve of his 40th birthday because of a troublesome left

knee — the one he had surgery on in March to repair a torn meniscus.

The seven-time All-Star announced a month ago that this will be his

final season of a big league career that began in 1993 and included a

batting title in 2008 — along with 11 stints on the disabled list.


(0-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in three-plus innings. The

right-hander, who led the Braves with 13 wins last season, retired only

seven of the 17 batters he faced — including Juan Rivera on a

double-play grounder and Capuano on a sacrifice bunt.

It was the

first time Jurrjens failed to record a strikeout in 42 starts since

April 29, 2010, at St. Louis, when he departed after one inning with a

strained left hamstring.

“He lives off strike one, and they

didn’t let us get that,” batterymate David Ross said. “They attacked his

pitches and they didn’t let him get ahead in the count. They had a real

good game plan against him and they had a lot of balls that fell in.

But I don’t think he’s where he wants to be yet. I caught him his last

outing and I thought he was a lot better tonight, as far as locating

pitches. He’s still searching to find it.”

Ross and Dan Uggla homered for the Braves, who had won 10 of 12 after opening the season with four straight losses.


Braves pulled off an unorthodox double play in the fifth. Matt Kemp

tried to score all the way from first on Andre Ethier’s single to

left-center, running through third base coach Tim Wallach’s stop sign.

Left fielder Matt Diaz relayed to shortstop Jack Wilson, who threw a

perfect strike to Ross for the tag on Kemp. Ross completed the double

play with a snap throw to first baseman Freddie Freeman after Ethier

strayed too far off the bag.

“That was exciting. It all happened

so fast,” Ross said. “Anytime you get somebody trying to run over you,

you get a little amped up. A guy as big and fast as Matt Kemp running

around third and trying to run you over gets your blood pumping. As soon

as I turned, I saw Freddie throw his hands up and I threw it to him. It

was still 5-1, but I still felt like it kept us in the ballgame for a

little bit longer and within reach with our offense. So I was fired up.”


Freeman was chosen NL player of the week for the first time in his

career, wresting the honors away from Kemp, who was the first player to

win the award in the first two weeks of a season since OF Tony Armas did

it with Oakland in 1981. … Capuano pitched a two-hitter against the

Braves with a career-high 13 strikeouts last August in a 6-0 win for the

New York Mets. … Kemp and Ethier have combined for 44 RBIs, three shy

of the major league record for teammates through the first 17 games of a

season. Alex Rodriguez had 31 and Jason Giambi 16 in 2007 with the