The Braves Report

Here's the latest news on the Atlanta Braves as they prepare for a weekend series in Washington.

BRAVES 5, PHILLIES 2: RHP Javier Vazquez did not have his best stuff, but for once the Braves did all the little things right, getting down bunts and making plays defensively. Garret Anderson hit the first pinch home run of his career, a two-run shot, to put the game away.


The Braves finally scored runs for Jair Jurrjens on Wednesday during an 11-1 win over the Phillies.

Jurrjens carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the victory. Manager Bobby Cox would have had a difficult decision if the no-hitter had continued.

"It would have been interesting what I was going to do after the seventh because his last start he threw, I think, 114 (pitches), and back-to-back, to get the no-hitter he would have been in the 120s," Cox said. "It would have been interesting if I'd had to make that decision."

Actually, though, Cox already knew what he would have done. "The player's arm comes first," he said emphatically. Luckily, he added, "Bako helped me out," referring to the seventh-inning hit by former Phillies catcher Paul Bako, a former Brave.

Jurrjens has been hearing the clubhouse quips since the beginning of the season that if he wants more wins, he should throw a perfect game. Jurrjens has acknowledged that when he gets into trouble in a game, it's because he is trying to be too perfect.

"I was just trying to throw strikes to make them get themselves out early in the count," he said of Wednesday's game. In the middle innings, though, he said he lost some control by trying to overthrow to get everyone out with fastballs. That led to the four walks he allowed.

Overall, though, Jurrjens was bubbling about the run support, which caused Javier Vazquez, in the next locker, to jokingly admonish him to "stick to the program." Vazquez, who hasn't gotten run support either, has kept Jurrjens on an even emotional keel.

Vazquez has been through run droughts before and knows stewing about it can't help anything. But it can hurt if a pitcher doesn't let it go.

The Braves were elated that they'd come through for Jurrjens offensively.

"He should be an All-Star as is," Matt Diaz said. "And if we could score him any runs, he'd be a leading Cy Young candidate at the halfway point."


--RHP Javier Vazquez didn't have his best stuff Thursday, but he didn't surrender a walk for the fourth time this season (12 starts). Vazquez has a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts at Turner Field.

--RHP Jair Jurrjens has been teased over the last two months that if he wants to get a win, he'll have to pitch a perfect game. Well, he didn't do that Wednesday, but he did carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Phillies. Jurrjens said he was trying to get everyone out by throwing fastballs and started over-throwing, which led to the four walks he issued.

--2B Martin Prado hit .444 (11-for-25) on the homestand and has hit safely in seven of his last nine games, going 14-for-29 for a .482 average.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Month since the Braves won a series, 2-1 at Arizona from May 29-31, before they took the series against the Cardinals this week.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Terrible. Obviously tonight was a disaster." -- RHP Derek Lowe on his three-inning, eight-run appearance June 25 vs. the Yankees.

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