Jurrjens, Braves top Lincecum, Giants
Jair Jurrjens can't match Tim Lincecum's flashy record. He is tough to beat, though, when the Braves score a few runs.
Jurrjens gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings, Yunel Escobar hit a three-run homer and surging Atlanta beat Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Escobar's third-inning homer gave the Braves the 4-0 lead over Lincecum, who lost for the first time in five weeks.
Jurrjens (9-7) earned his third straight win and set a season high with nine strikeouts while allowing one run.
Jurrjens lowered his ERA to 2.67, not far behind Lincecum's 2.45 among the NL leaders. But the Braves scored only five runs for Jurrjens in his four-game losing streak in June.