Atlanta Braves squeak past Colorado Rockies
After not getting a lot of run support in his recent outings, Jair Jurrjens took care of things himself.
Jurrjens pitched six strong innings and singled twice for his first career multihit game to drive in a run and score another, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Saturday night.
"Any time you have a chance to help yourself out, you want to at least make the pitcher work," Jurrjens said. "Don't be an easy out. Don't just go up there swinging. Have an idea of what you're trying to do. I know can't get a hit every time, but I can make the other pitcher work every time and waste more pitches and that also helps my teammates by showing them what the other pitcher is trying to do."
Jurrjens (7-7) won for just the second time in his last eight starts. He had taken five losses in that span, including four in which he received two or fewer runs in offensive support.
"He could easily have 12 or 13 wins, that's how good he has been pitching all season long," said Braves catcher Brian McCann, who doubled and scored and drove in a pair of runs with sacrifice flies. "We just really haven't been scoring for him. Tonight, we got the timely hits and we were able to pull it out, and he helped. He's an athlete. He can hit. He can run."