PHOENIX(AP) Starved for run support much of the season, Atlanta's
almost didn't know what to do when
's three-run homer gave him a nine-run lead.
Jurrjens struggled through five innings, then turned the game over to the bullpen as the Braves hung on for a 10-6 victory
on Friday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
''I was so close to blowing up,'' said Jurrjens (5-2), who helped his cause with a two-run double. ''Baseball is so funny.
You ask for runs, they give you a lot of runs, then you give back a lot of runs.''
In one stretch of six starts this year, the Braves scored a total of nine runs while Jurrjens was in the game.
They topped that in four innings, hammering Arizona's
(4-4). Escobar's shot off Garland capped a five-run third inning and gave the Braves and Jurrjens what looked like a comfortable
After the Braves added another run in the fourth, Arizona pulled to 10-5 two innings later when
led off with a double and scored on
's single. Atlanta manager
was so concerned that he had a reliever warming up.
Jurrjens responded by striking out hot-hitting
to end the inning, and his outing.
''I was like, if I give up more hits, there's a chance I'm going to lose my win,'' Jurrjens said. ''Pitching with a big lead
like that's really difficult. I think I prefer to pitch when the game is closer.''
Jurrjens allowed a season-high five runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out five. He entered with a 2.07 ERA, third
in the NL, and left with a 2.59 ERA.
''He had probably his worst game of the year,'' Cox said. ''But he got it all together in the fifth inning. He really sucked
it up. He deserved that win.''
Five Atlanta relievers limited the Diamondbacks to one run the rest of the way.
had three hits, including a homer, and drove in four runs for the Diamondbacks, who fell to 3-8 at home under new manager
''Certainly our guys bounced back and tried to make a game of it,'' Hinch said. ''But all in all, just kind of got beat up
Eight Braves had hits before Arizona's pitcher batted in the third - and by then it was reliever
Atlanta scored four in the second inning, with Jurrjens doubling in two runs,
singling in a run and another run scoring on a throwing error by Parra in left field.
The Braves made it 9-0 in the third on
's two-run single, and Escobar's three-run homer on the last of 78 pitches thrown by Garland. Escobar returned to the lineup
after missing six games because of a strained right hip flexor.
Garland gave up nine runs, eight earned, and nine hits and three walks in 2 2-3 innings. He has allowed at least seven earned
runs four times in 12 starts dating to last season.
''It's flat-out terrible,'' Garland said.
Garland has allowed 19 earned runs and 29 hits in his last three starts at Chase Field.
Maybe it's the roof's fault.
On Friday night, the roof was open on a 99-degree night in the desert. The ballpark is said to be friendlier to pitchers when
the roof is closed.
''I still vote to have it closed, and they won't close it for me,'' Garland said with a grin. ''But what do you do? Get back
up there in five days and give the boys a chance.''
Notes: The Diamondbacks-Braves game rained out May 17 game has been rescheduled for Aug. 17 in Atlanta. For Arizona, the game
will be at the front end of a scheduled nine-game trip to Philadelphia, Houston and San Francisco. ... Arizona LHP Daniel
Schlereth pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning as he made his major league debut less than a year after the club drafted him in the
first round. ... Arizona 2B
, bothered by a hamstring injury, was out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game but bounced out as a pinch hitter.