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Braves Winning Streak Ends With 9-0 Drubbing From Giants

Blanco was out!
Blanco was out!

Jair Jurrjens had looked like a decent pitcher again since being recalled from the minors, until today.

Jurrjens couldn't escape the fourth inning and Buster Posey had five RBI for the Giants in ending Atlanta's seven-game winning streak with a 9-0 win.

The trouble for Jurrjens started right away when he walked Gregor Blanco to open the game. What happened next was when he attempted to steal second, the tag from Dan Uggla was ruled late even though the throw was in time, prompting Fredi Gonzalez to argue the call. Jurrjens retired the next two hitters, but Posey smacked a double to left to score Blanco. Posey struck again in the third with another run-scoring hit, singling home Melky Cabrera who had reached on a hustle double to center with two outs.

Then the fourth inning happened.

Angel Pagan reached on what looked to be a routine groundout to first, but Jurrjens failed to outrun Pagan to the base. A single and an out later, Giants starter Barry Zito stepped to the plate. Jurrjens was all but assured of an easy out, but you know it's just one of those games when a pitcher hitting .074 hits an RBI single. Another walk to Blanco loaded the bases, and singles by Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera scored two more to chase Jurrjens. Posey cleared the bases with a double off Luis Avilan to put the Braves down 8-0. Blanco added an RBI single in the fifth for the final Giants run of the game.

Meanwhile, Barry Zito continued to have his way with the Braves. Since joing the Giants, Zito was 3-0 in four starts against Atlanta with all three at Turner Field. He gave the Braves all sorts of trouble in his seven innings; he didn't allow a hit until the fourth and only gave up three hits while striking out four.

If there's anything positive to take away from this game, Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to eight games and Luis Avilan struck out five in 3.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run without walking a hitter. Paul Janish had his first hit with the Braves: an eighth-inning double.

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