published Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Atlanta Brave's Jurrjens stifles Boston Red Sox

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, June 22, 2012.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, June 22, 2012.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BOSTON -- Jair Jurrjens made an impressive return to the major leagues by allowing one run on three hits against the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox in the Atlanta Braves' 4-1 win 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. Boston's only other hit was a clean single to left field by Adrian Gonzalez in the first.

Jurrjens was demoted to the minors on April 23 after going 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts. He was called up Friday and retired eight consecutive batters before Middlebrooks' double that followed two innings in which he threw a total of 14 pitches. He also allowed runners on a walk and a hit batsman.

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

Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs for Atlanta and Jason Heyward had two doubles and a single, improving to 7-for-11 in his last three games. The Braves won their third straight game after losing seven of eight.

Boston's five-game winning streak ended one day after it completed a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins in which it scored 28 runs.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 14 minutes by rain.

Roger Clemens sat in the first row above the Green Monster in left field. He received a subdued mixture of cheers and boos when shown on the center-field scoreboard after the third inning with the words "Welcome Back Roger Clemens" on the screen. The former Red Sox pitcher was acquitted Monday on all six counts that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Jurrjens (1-2) began last season with a 5-0 record and 1.66 ERA in six starts. By the All-Star break, he was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA. But he struggled in the second half, going 1-3 and making two trips to the disabled list with a lingering problem in his right knee. His last appearance of the season came on Aug. 30 and the knee wasn't back at full strength when this season began.

Even at Class AAA Gwinnett, he had a 5.27 ERA in nine starts. However, he shackled the Red Sox, who had won seven of their previous eight games.

The Braves got at least one hit in each of the seven innings pitched by Jon Lester (4-5).

They took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Freddie Freeman led off with a single, took third on a double by Heyward and scored on a groundout by Matt Diaz. Heyward scored on a double by Simmons.

Atlanta made it 3-0 in the sixth when Heyward doubled, took third on a flyout to right by Diaz and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Simmons. Freeman singled in Michael Bourn with the final run in the eighth.

Right-hander Randall Delgado (4-7) pitches for Atlanta tonight against Franklin Morales (0-1).

Atlanta is 7-1 in its last eight road games.

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