Atlanta (58-41) at Cincinnati (48-50)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Fri Jul 22, 2011
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Jair Jurrjens(notes) believes his woes from his worst start of the season are easily correctable.

He’ll try again for his NL-leading 13th victory Friday night when the Atlanta Braves open a three-game road set against the Cincinnati Reds.

Jurrjens (12-3, 2.26 ERA) posted a 1.03 ERA in winning his final four starts before the All-Star break. His first outing after did not go smoothly as he gave up a season-high six runs over five innings and did not get a decision Sunday in a 9-8 victory over Washington.

“Just mechanics,” said Jurrjens after the game. “I was flying open, leaving pitches up. … It’s just something I need to work on in the next bullpen.”

He entered that start with the best ERA in the majors’ at 1.87, and still has the lowest mark in the NL.

The right-hander had gone 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four career outings against the Reds (48-50) before earning his first victory against them May 29 by giving up one run over eight innings in a 2-1 win.

Jurrjens could have his hands full against Cincinnati’s RBI leaders since Joey Votto(notes) is 3 for 9 with a homer against him and Jay Bruce(notes) 5 for 9 with a home run.

Atlanta (58-41) began this seven-game trip by splitting four in Colorado. The Braves allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose 3-2 on Wednesday before rallying from an early four-run deficit Thursday for a 9-6 win.

“I’m beat after this game and yesterday’s game,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “They’re fun at the end of the night but it could have gone either way. Get on the bird before they ask us to play another game.”

Brooks Conrad(notes) got a rare start in place of regular second baseman Dan Uggla(notes) and scored twice.

Uggla strained his left calf Wednesday. He’s riding a career-high 12-game hitting streak, and owns a .311 average against the Reds for his highest against any NL opponent.

“I just want to play,” Uggla told the Braves’ official website. “I hate rehabbing and training room and all that stuff. I hate it.”

Facing Jurrjens may come at a bad time for Cincinnati, which has totaled seven runs over its last five games. The Reds were shut out twice in Pittsburgh before Wednesday’s 3-1 victory.

Votto is 3 for 18 in the last five games, Bruce 3 for 13 and Brandon Phillips(notes) is hitless in 15 at-bats in that span for Cincinnati, which last won consecutive games during a three-game sweep of the Dodgers from June 13-15.

“At some point we’re going to end up playing well and winning a bunch of games,” Votto told the Reds’ official website. “It’s just kind of how it’s been this year. It’ll click at some point.”

Bronson Arroyo(notes) (7-8, 5.57) will start Friday after going 0-2 with an 8.66 ERA in his last three. He allowed four runs over 6 2-3 innings in last Saturday’s 4-1 loss to St. Louis.

The veteran right-hander is 4-3 with a 6.80 ERA in seven starts against the Braves since joining Cincinnati in 2006. Brian McCann(notes) is 8 for 16 with three homers against him.

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J. Jurrjens Col vs. B. Arroyo LAD
13-6 Record 9-12
2.96 ERA 5.07
90 K 108
44 BB 45
1.22 WHIP 1.37


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