Jurrjens Sharp for 7 Innings to Help Braves Sweep Dodgers

As Braves beat Los Angeles 6-1
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 6:32 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves' Mark Teixeira, left, celebrates with third base coach Brian Snitker after hitting a home run in the ninth inning.    ((AP Photo/John Bazemore))
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(Newser) – Jair Jurrjens pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Mark Teixeira homered and the Atlanta Braves beat Los Angeles 6-1 Sunday for their first sweep of the Dodgers in eight years. The Braves gave up a total of only three runs in defeating the Dodgers three times. Atlanta's last sweep over Los Angeles came in a three-game set in April 2000.

Atlanta won its fourth in a row overall despite losing third baseman Chipper Jones because of a strained right quadriceps. He originally hurt himself April 9 at Colorado. Jones extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning single and doubled in the fifth. He slid late into second base and was slow to return to his feet, and there was no immediate word on Jones' status.