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Braves, Padres set to brawl for season-series victory

Jun 26, 2011 - 2:46 PM (Sports Network) - Like a pair of heavyweight fighters, the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres have exchanged a pair of mighty offensive blows over their three-game set.

One team will be left standing with a season-series victory this afternoon at Petco Park as the Braves and Padres face each other for the final time this regular season.

It was the Padres who landed the big shot on Friday, rolling to an 11-2 victory. However, the Braves countered with a solid hook of their own last night, posting a 10-1 victory to knot this season series at four games apiece.

Dan Uggla led Atlanta's offensive charge with a three-run homer, four RBI in all and three runs scored, while Chipper Jones added a pair of RBI to lift the Braves to their fifth victory in six games.

Jair Jurrjens got more than enough support as he yielded one run and three hits over six innings to become the third 10-game winner in baseball -- and first in the National League.

"I think I was lucky today to get away with a couple walks to leadoff men, and just (bore) down and made my pitches when I needed to make my pitches," Jurrjens said.

Jurrjens picked up his 10th win in his 14th start, the first to do that for the Braves since Tom Glavine in 2002.

San Diego's Dustin Moseley kept his team in the game after allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings, but still took the loss as the lone offense came in the form of Alberto Gonzalez's first homer of the season.

"Couldn't get that one key knock through the early to middle parts of the game to get the momentum on our side," said Padres manager Bud Black.

With the loss, San Diego failed to secure its first season-series victory over the Braves since 2005, but get a second chance today. Leading the charge will be former 2007 draft pick Cory Luebke, who slides into San Diego's rotation after excelling in a relief role for much of 2011.

The left-hander is 1-2 with a 3.23 earned run average in 29 games this season and last pitched on Monday in Boston. Taking over for a struggling Wade LeBlanc, who Luebke is now replacing in the rotation, he gave up two runs on one hit and two walks over 3 1/3 innings of relief, taking a loss and striking out six while throwing a season-high 50 pitches.

Luebke did make three starts with the Padres last year in a brief first taste of MLB action and owns 74 career minor league starts. The 26-year-old has faced the Braves four times in relief, earning one victory and giving up just five hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.

Tim Hudson did it all in his last start with the Braves, but he may find contributing on the offensive side of things tough this afternoon in spacious Petco Park.

Hudson twirled an eight-inning scoreless outing on Monday versus Toronto, working around two hits and one walk while striking out eight. He also accounted for all the offense with a late two-run homer in a 2-0 victory.

"It was a lot of fun. We rarely have games like this," Hudson said. "It's great to have a good game pitching, and when you're able to help your team out offensively, it feels great to be a part of it."

The 35-year-old righty won for the second time in three starts and upped his season record to 6-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 starts this year. He is undefeated in 10 career games versus the Padres, going 5-0 with a 3.31 ERA, and did not factor into a May 30 start against them after allowing two runs -- one earned -- over six innings at home.