Ross, Jones homer as Braves beat Padres 8-2

Ross, Jones homer as Braves beat Padres 8-2

April 27th, 2011 by Associated Press in Sports - Professional

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens works in the first inning against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO - David Ross hit two home runs and Jair Jurrjens threw his first complete game in the Atlanta Braves' 8-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the first inning to tie Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle for second place among switch hitters with 1,509 RBIs.

Atlanta kept Aaron Harang from becoming the NL's first five-game winner.

Ross drove in four runs with a solo homer in the second and a three-run blast to cap the Braves' five-run sixth inning. Both home runs, Ross' first two of the season, came off Harang (4-1).

Jurrjens (2-0) had little trouble against the Padres, limiting them to nine hits for his first complete game in his 95th career start. His ERA rose slightly from 0.69 to 1.23.

Harang seemed to settle down after falling behind 3-0 on Ross' solo homer in the second. But the right-hander, who hadn't allowed a homer in his first four starts covering 24 innings, imploded in the sixth inning.

Jones led off with single, and consecutive walks to Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman loaded the bases. Alex Gonzalez followed with a two-run single. After Harang struck out Nate McLouth, Ross connected again to left for his 10th career two-homer game.

Harang, the franchise's first pitcher to win his first four starts with the team, allowed a season-high seven runs on eight hits with three walks. His ERA rose from 1.88 to 3.90.

Jurrjens got inning-ending double plays in the first and second innings. San Diego scored in the third after Jorge Cantu's two-out single and a triple by Orlando Hudson. But Jurrjens limited the damage by getting Brad Hawpe on a ground out.

San Diego came into the game hitting a major-league low .209 with the fewest runs scored in the majors.

The left-handed hitting Jones tied Mantle on his third homer of the season one pitch after Jason Heyward reached base on a one-out walk in the first.

Jones, who had his 500th career double in Monday night's series opener, is hitting .341 with four doubles, seven homers and 14 RBIs in 24 games at Petco Park.

NOTES: The Padres fell into a tie with the Seattle Mariners for the worst record in the majors at 9-15. ... In his only other start in San Diego, Jurrjens lasted just 3 1-3 innings last season on April 12 when he allowed a career-high eight runs in a 17-2 loss. ... San Diego RHP Evan Scribner made his major league debut with two scoreless innings. ... Hall of Famer Eddie Murray holds the switch hitting record for most RBIs with 1,917. ... The Padres reinstated OF Kyle Blanks from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Double-A San Antonio. Blanks, who played in 33 games last season for San Diego, had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 29.