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Jurrjens, Braves complete a doubleheader sweep of Mets

Apr 17, 2011 - 3:02 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jair Jurrjens allowed two hits over seven shutout innings in his 2011 debut, and the Atlanta Braves blanked the Mets, 4-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep and send New York to its seventh straight defeat.

In the opener, Alex Gonzalez hit two of Atlanta's four solo home runs to help the Braves take a 4-2 win.

Jurrjens (1-0), who had been out with a right oblique strain, walked one batter and struck out four. He moved to 8-2 lifetime against the Mets. George Sherrill and Scott Linebrink combined for five strikeouts over the final two innings to complete the two-hit gem.

"Every time you sweep a team in your division it's a plus for us," Jurrjens said. "It's nice to be back, nice to be part of the team and definitely nice to have a win coming back in the first start."

Eric Hinske had three hits and an RBI.

Mike Pelfrey (0-2) surrendered 11 hits and four runs over five-plus innings for the Mets, who are mired in their longest slide since dropping 11 in a row during the 2004 season.

Friday night's rainout caused the Mets to play back-to-back doubleheaders for the first time since August 20-21, 1998, against St. Louis. They were swept in a twinbill by Colorado on Thursday.

"I can tell you why we didn't produce in the second game tonight and that is that's about as good a command of stuff I've seen in a long time, since we faced (Florida's) Josh Johnson," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That might be the best command of all three pitches I've seen a pitcher have a long time. He pitched to the corners all night long, both sides of the plate. He really pitched well."

The Braves put together three straight two-out singles in the first inning, the last coming on Dan Uggla's RBI base hit to right field.

Chipper Jones' base hit to center scored Martin Prado in the third. Hinske's single to center plated Prado in the fifth.

The Mets had a pair of base runners erased trying to steal in the first five- plus innings. Willie Harris singled in the second, but was thrown out. David Murphy doubled to begin the sixth, but was then out trying for third.

David Ross' single scored Jason Heyward in the sixth.

Game Notes

The Mets placed starting pitcher Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday due to biceps tendinitis. Pat Misch, who made six starts for the Mets last year, was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to fill Young's spot on the roster...Pelfrey fell to 4-9 lifetime against Atlanta.

  • NEW YORK: 0
    ATLANTA: 4

    Apr 16 10:10 PM

  • David Ross singled to center scored Jason Heyward. Runners on first and second with none out and Jair Jurrjens due up.

    Mets 0, Braves 4  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 16 9:22 PM

  • Dan Uggla grounded out third to first to end the inning.

    Mets 0, Braves 3  End 5Apr 16 9:04 PM

  • Chipper Jones singled to center scored Martin Prado. Runner on first with one out and Eric Hinske due up.

    Mets 0, Braves 2  Bot 3, 1 OutApr 16 8:27 PM

  • Dan Uggla singled to right scored Chipper Jones. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jason Heyward due up.

    Mets 0, Braves 1  Bot 1, 2 OutsApr 16 7:56 PM

  • NEW YORK: 0
    ATLANTA: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Apr 16 7:41 PM