published Friday, May 20th, 2011

Braves, Jurrjens lose 2-1

PHOENIX — Josh Collmenter blanked Atlanta for six innings to run his scoreless streak to 21, and the Arizona Diamondbacks handed Jair Jurrjens his first loss of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Braves on Thursday night.

Collmenter (3-0) gave up two hits with one strikeout and no walks in his second start. The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed two runs in 26 innings, with 15 strikeouts and one walk, since being called up from Class AAA Reno, including a franchise-record 12 scoreless innings in a row as a starter.

He and Jurrjens were locked in a scoreless fight until Chris Young’s solo home run with two outs in the sixth. Juan Miranda, who had three hits, tripled in a run later in the inning.

Jurrjens (5-1) lost for the first time in seven starts as Arizona swept the two-game series from Atlanta. Wednesday night, the Braves lost 5-4 in 11 innings, after taking a 4-3 in the top of the inning.

The Braves got an unearned run Thursday off closer J.J. Putz in the ninth when Brian McCann doubled off the left-field wall with two outs and right fielder Justin Upton dropped Dan Uggla’s line drive for an error. Putz struck out Freddie Freeman to end the game and earn his 10th save in 10 tries.

Collmenter, who has an unusual straight overhand style, threw just 76 pitches, 57 for strikes, in the Diamondbacks’ third straight victory and fifth in six games. The Braves had won four in a row before dropping the two in the desert.

Jurrjens, who entered the game with a 1.66 ERA, allowed two runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out two, walking one intentionally and hitting a batter.

Freeman had three hits for the Braves, including both off Collmenter. He and Alex Gonzalez singled off the lefty Paterson to start the eighth and were sacrificed to second and third by Nate McLouth’s bunt. But Paterson got pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad to pop out and Vasquez came on to get Martin Prado to bounce out to third and strand both runners.

Young, 2-for-15 in the homestand up to that point, hit the first pitch from Jurrjens down the left-field line into the seats for his ninth home run to make it 1-0. It was just the second homer Jurrjens has allowed this season. Miguel Montero followed with his second single of the night, and then Miranda tripled high off the wall in right-center to make it 2-0.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out in the fifth and came up empty. Miranda and Gerardo Parra singled and Collmenter was hit by a pitch squaring for a sacrifice bunt. Ryan Roberts grounded into a fielder’s choice at home, then Kelly Johnson struck out to end the inning.

Freeman doubled into the right-field corner with two outs in the second, then was stranded when Gonzalez fouled out. In the fifth, Freeman singled with one out but Gonzalez fouled out again, this time to the catcher, and third baseman Roberts made a running catch bending over the fence on McLouth’s pop foul to end the inning.

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