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Heyward helps Jurrjens as Braves beat Brewers, 2-1

Heyward helps Jurrjens as Braves beat Brewers, 2-1

Heyward helps Jurrjens as Braves beat Brewers, 2-1

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper ...


ATLANTA — Jair Jurrjens gave up only one run, rookie Jason Heyward made two strong defensive plays in his return from an injury and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Thursday night.

Martin Prado and Chipper Jones hit home runs in the third inning off Dave Bush (4-7).

Corey Hart's 22nd homer gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It was the only run allowed by Jurrjens, who gave up five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

Jurrjens (2-3) earned his second win in three starts since returning from a hamstring injury.

Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

The first-place Braves began the night four games ahead of the Mets in the NL East.

Jurrjens' two walks came in the seventh before right-hander Peter Moylan ended the inning by getting Rickie Weeks to groundout.

Heyward was voted to start in Tuesday's All-Star game but could only watch as he remained disabled with a left thumb injury. He came off the 15-day disabled list against the Brewers and delivered two great defensive plays. Milwaukee's Casey McGehee was the victim on each play.

McGehee led off the second with a single. Jim Edmonds followed with a single to right, and Heyward threw out McGehee at third base. Heyward's strong throw to Jones beat McGehee by such a wide margin that McGehee made no apparent attempt to touch the bag on his wide slide.

In the fourth, Heyward avoided injury when he smashed into the right-field wall after making a running catch to rob McGehee of a hit. The impact near the foul line knocked Heyward to his back on the warning track, where he remained as Braves manager Bobby Cox and assistant trainer Jim Lovell hurried out of the dugout.

Fans applauded as Heyward remained in the game. He did not have a hit.

Alex Gonzalez, acquired in Wednesday's five-player trade that sent Yunel Escobar to Toronto, had a walk and a double in his debut with the Braves.

Bush allowed no more than two earned runs for his sixth straight start. He allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings.

Bush gave up more than one homer in a game for the first time since April 25, when he gave up four homers in 3 2-3 innings in a 12-2 loss to the Cubs.

The temperature for the first pitch was 90 degrees. Many in the crowd of 35,057 fanned themselves through the hot night.

NOTES: RHP LaTroy Hawkins (right shoulder) began a rehab assignment in Arizona with the Brewers' rookie team. The Brewers are pointing to a July 26-28 home series against Cincinnati for Hawkins' possible return. ... The Braves placed LHP Eric O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a viral infection. The move is retroactive to July 10. LHP Mike Dunn was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. ... SS Brandon Hicks was optioned to Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for Heyward.

 

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