Braves creep closer to the Phillies

ATLANTA - Jair Jurrjens pitched seven outstanding innings, Chipper Jones homered, and the Atlanta Braves beat Florida, 4-0, last night for their 15th win in 17 games, a stretch that has lifted them into playoff contention with less than a week to go in the regular season.

Atlanta moved within four games of first-place of the Phillies in the NL East. The Phillies lost, 8-2, at home to Houston.

The Braves also closed within two games of idle Colorado in the NL wild-card race with six remaining. Florida's third loss in four games all but finished off the Marlins, who dropped 51/2 games behind the Rockies and can do no better than tie for the wild card. One more Florida loss or Colorado win would eliminate the Marlins.

Atlanta won its seventh straight, matching a season high, behind another dominant performance by Jurrjens (14-10). The righthander won his fourth in a row and has gone at least seven innings in seven straight starts, allowing only eight earned runs in 502/3 innings (a 1.42 ERA) during that stretch.

The Braves managed only three hits, but took advantage of 11 walks by the Marlins - including a career-worst eight by starter Anibal Sanchez (3-8). He walked the first three Atlanta hitters, throwing only two strikes, and wound up trailing, 2-0, without giving up a hit. Brian McCann drove in a run with a bases-loaded grounder, and Garret Anderson followed with a sacrifice fly.

Florida 000 000 000 – 0 5 0

Atlanta 201 000 01x – 4 3 1

Florida AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Coghlan lf 4   0   2   0   .315      McLouth cf 2   1   0   1   .261   

Maybin cf 2   0   0   0   .229      Prado 2b 4   1   0   0   .303   

Ha.Ramirez ss 3   0   0   0   .346      C.Jones 3b 2   1   1   1   .273   

Cantu 3b 4   0   0   0   .286      McCann c 2   0   0   1   .284   

Gload 1b 4   0   0   0   .266      G.Anderson lf 3   0   1   1   .271   

Uggla 2b 4   0   1   0   .239      1-Gorecki pr-lf 0   1   0   0   .208   

Jo.Baker c 4   0   2   0   .270      Y.Escobar ss 2   0   0   0   .300   

B.Carroll rf 3   0   0   0   .264      Ad.LaRoche 1b 3   0   1   0   .285   

A.Sanchez p 2   0   0   0   .000      M.Diaz rf 3   0   0   0   .315   

Pinto p 0   0   0   0   .000      Jurrjens p 2   0   0   0   .125   

a-Hermida ph 1   0   0   0   .259      Moylan p 0   0   0   0   .000   

Meyer p 0   0   0   0   .000      b-Infante ph 1   0   0   0   .293   

Calero p 0   0   0   0   ---      R.Soriano p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 31   0   5   0         Totals 24   4   3   4      

a-struck out for Pinto in the 7th. b-fouled out for Moylan in the 8th.1-ran for G.Anderson in the 8th. E: Y.Escobar (13). LOB: Florida 7, Atlanta 10. 2B: Uggla (25). HR: C.Jones (18), off A.Sanchez. RBIs: McLouth (68), C.Jones (70), McCann (92), G.Anderson (60). SB: McLouth (19). S: Maybin, Y.Escobar, Jurrjens. SF: G.Anderson. RLSP: Florida 5 (Cantu, A.Sanchez 2, Gload, Coghlan); Atlanta 6 (Y.Escobar, Prado 4, Ad.LaRoche). RA: Cantu, B.Carroll, McCann. GIDP: Cantu. DP: Atlanta 1 (Y.Escobar, Prado, Ad.LaRoche).

Florida walks (2): Maybin, Ha.Ramirez.

Atlanta walks (11): McLouth 3, Prado, C.Jones 2, McCann 2, Y.Escobar, Ad.LaRoche, M.Diaz.

Florida strikeouts (5): Maybin, Ha.Ramirez, Cantu, Uggla, Hermida.

Atlanta strikeouts (7): C.Jones, Y.Escobar, M.Diaz 3, Jurrjens 2.

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

A.Sanchez (L) 5   2   3   3   8   4   91   4.10   

Pinto 1   0   0   0   0   2   11   3.41   

Meyer 1   1   1   1   0   1   16   3.02   

Calero 1   0   0   0   3   0   21   1.86   

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Jurrjens (W) 7   5   0   0   1   3   92   2.61   

Moylan (H) 1   0   0   0   1   1   14   2.66   

R.Soriano 1   0   0   0   0   1   11   2.97   

W: Jurrjens, 14-10. L: Sanchez, 3-8. H: Moylan, 25.

Meyer pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. IR-S: Calero 1-1. IBB: off Calero (Ad.LaRoche). Umpires: Home, Joe West; first, Ed Rapuano; second, Paul Schrieber; third, Paul Nauert.

T: 2:37. A: 25,046 (49,743).

Pirates 11, Dodgers 1

PITTSBURGH - Former Los Angeles prospect Andy LaRoche homered twice, doubled twice, and singled, driving in six runs as last-place Pittsburgh again prevented Los Angeles from clinching the NL West.

Zach Duke pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning against a patchwork Dodgers lineup missing the injured Manny Ramirez (hamstring), Ronnie Belliard (groin), and Casey Blake (hamstring). Already assured of a playoff spot, the Dodgers lost three of four to the Pirates, who had dropped 23 of 26 going into the series - the franchise's worst stretch in 119 seasons.

Technically, the Dodgers' magic number is two, but in reality it is one. They own the tiebreaker against Colorado.

Los Angeles 000 000 001 – 1 4 1

Pittsburgh 050 202 02x – 11 15 2

Los Angeles AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Pierre lf-cf 4   0   0   0   .306      A.McCutchen cf 4   3   3   0   .286   

O.Hudson 2b 4   1   1   0   .286      An.LaRoche 3b 5   4   5   6   .259   

Ethier rf 2   0   0   0   .274      G.Jones 1b 5   1   2   2   .305   

Hu ss 0   0   0   1   .000      Doumit c 4   0   1   1   .245   

Kemp cf 3   0   0   0   .301      Milledge lf 4   1   1   0   .279   

Ja.McDonald p 0   0   0   0   .000      Moss rf 5   0   0   0   .240   

b-DeWitt ph 1   0   0   0   .191      Delw.Young 2b 4   1   1   1   .261   

Loney 1b 3   0   1   0   .288      L.Cruz ss 4   1   2   0   .237   

Loretta 3b 3   0   1   0   .232      Duke p 4   0   0   1   .207   

Ausmus c 2   0   0   0   .295      Veal p 0   0   0   0   ---   

A.Ellis c 1   0   0   0   .000      Totals 39   11   15   11      

J.Castro ss-lf 3   0   1   0   .290                     

Kuroda p 0   0   0   0   .143                     

a-Mtkiewicz ph 1   0   0   0   .214                     

Haeger p 0   0   0   0   .000                     

Mota p 0   0   0   0   .333                     

Repko rf 1   0   0   0   .000                     

Totals 28   1   4   1                        

a-popped out for Kuroda in the 5th. b-struck out for Ja.McDonald in the 9th. E: Loretta (1), G.Jones (1), L.Cruz (1). LOB: Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 8. 2B: An.LaRoche 2 (26), Delw.Young (16). 3B: O.Hudson (5). HR: An.LaRoche (11), off Kuroda; G.Jones (21), off Kuroda; An.LaRoche (12), off Ja.McDonald. RBIs: Hu (1), An.LaRoche 6 (61), G.Jones 2 (44), Doumit (34), Delw.Young (39), Duke (5). SB: G.Jones (10). CS: Loretta (1). S: Kuroda. SF: Hu. RLSP: Los Angeles 2 (Pierre, Loretta); Pittsburgh 5 (Doumit 2, Duke, Delw.Young 2). RA: Moss, Duke. GIDP: G.Jones. DP: Los Angeles 1 (O.Hudson, J.Castro, Loney); Pittsburgh 1 (L.Cruz, Delw.Young).

Los Angeles walks (1): Ethier.

Pittsburgh walks (3): A.McCutchen, Doumit, Delw.Young.

Los Angeles strikeouts (7): O.Hudson, Ethier, DeWitt, Loney, Loretta, Ausmus, Repko.

Pittsburgh strikeouts (6): Doumit 2, Delw.Young 2, Duke 2.

Los Angeles IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Kuroda (L) 4   8   7   3   2   3   75   3.76   

Haeger 2/3   1   0   0   0   1   19   3.32   

Mota 11/3   3   2   2   0   0   26   3.53   

Ja.McDonald 2   3   2   2   1   2   39   4.06   

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Duke (W) 82/3   4   1   1   1   6   103   3.94   

Veal 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   3   5.40   

W: Duke, 11-15. L: Kuroda, 8-7.

IR-S: Mota 2-0. HBP: by Haeger (Milledge). Umpires: Home, Adrian Johnson; first, Gary Cederstrom; second, Fieldin Culbreth; third, Brian O'Nora. T: 2:38. A: 16,696 (38,362).

Nationals 2, Mets 1

New York 000 001 000 – 1 7 2

Washington 100 001 00x – 2 7 0

New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Washington AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Pagan lf 2   0   0   0   .298      Maxwell cf 4   1   2   0   .236   

L.Castillo 2b 4   0   1   0   .311      Desmond ss 3   0   2   0   .291   

D.Wright 3b 4   0   1   0   .305      Zimmerman 3b 2   0   0   1   .287   

Beltran cf 3   1   1   0   .330      A.Dunn 1b 3   0   0   0   .272   

Francoeur rf 4   0   0   0   .277      MacDougal p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Tatis 1b 4   0   2   1   .274      Willingham lf 3   0   0   0   .265   

Santos c 4   0   0   0   .252      1-Dukes pr-lf-rf 0   0   0   0   .251   

A.Hernandez ss 3   0   2   0   .258      Morse rf-1b 4   1   3   1   .306   

b-DanMrphy ph 1   0   0   0   .264      J.Bard c 4   0   0   0   .229   

W.Valdez ss 0   0   0   0   .266      Alb.Gonzalz 2b 2   0   0   0   .264   

Figueroa p 2   0   0   0   .167      Detwiler p 2   0   0   0   .059   

S.Green p 0   0   0   0   .000      a-J.Padilla ph 1   0   0   0   .091   

Feliciano p 0   0   0   0   ---      Bergmann p 0   0   0   0   .000   

Parnell p 0   0   0   0   .125      W.Harris lf 0   0   0   0   .233   

c-Sullivan ph 1   0   0   0   .250      Totals 28   2   7   2      

Totals 32   1   7   1                        

a-lined out for Detwiler in the 6th. b-popped out for A.Hernandez in the 8th. c-grounded out for Parnell in the 9th.1-ran for Willingham in the 8th. E: A.Hernandez (11), D.Wright (17). LOB: New York 10, Washington 8. 2B: D.Wright (36), Tatis (19), Maxwell (4). 3B: Desmond (1). HR: Morse (3), off Figueroa. RBIs: Tatis (45), Zimmerman (102), Morse (10). S: Pagan, L.Castillo, Figueroa, Desmond. SF: Zimmerman. RLSP: New York 8 (Beltran, D.Wright 3, Santos, Figueroa 2, Francoeur); Washington 3 (A.Dunn, Detwiler, Willingham). RA: Desmond, J.Bard. GIDP: J.Bard. DP: New York 1 (L.Castillo, W.Valdez, Tatis).

New York walks (3): Pagan 2, Beltran.

Washington walks (4): Zimmerman, A.Dunn, Willingham, Alb.Gonzalez.

New York strikeouts (4): D.Wright, Francoeur 2, Figueroa.

Washington strikeouts (6): Zimmerman, A.Dunn, Willingham, Morse, Detwiler 2.

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Figueroa (L) 6   6   2   2   3   5   104   4.70   

S.Green 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   10   4.75   

Feliciano 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   4   3.09   

Parnell 1   0   0   0   1   1   12   5.34   

Washington IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Detwiler (W) 6   7   1   1   1   3   99   5.35   

Bergmann (H) 2   0   0   0   2   1   30   4.73   

MacDougal (S) 1   0   0   0   0   0   11   3.78   

W: Detwiler, 1-6. L: Figueroa, 2-8. S: MacDougal, 17. H: Bergmann, 9.

IR-S: Feliciano 1-0. IBB: off Figueroa (Alb.Gonzalez, A.Dunn), off Bergmann (Beltran). WP: Detwiler 2. Umpires: Home, Brian Runge; first, Rob Drake; second, Kerwin Danley; third, Wally Bell.

T: 2:32. A: 18,600 (41,888).