Braves beat Yovani Gallardo, Brewers, 6-2

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Associated Press
Monday, May 2, 2011
— Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run double to give Atlanta the lead and the Braves finally solved Yovani Gallardo, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Monday night.

David Ross hit a homer in the third inning before the Braves knocked Gallardo (2-2) out of the game in the sixth. Gonzalez cleared the bases with his double before scoring on a single by Nate McLouth.

Gallardo began the day 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta, including a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win on April 5 in Milwaukee. The four runs he allowed in the sixth matched his total allowed over 37 1/3 innings in his first five starts against the Braves.

Jair Jurrjens (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks in 7 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts.

Gallardo allowed nine hits and five runs in five-plus innings. He matched his season high with four walks while striking out seven.

The right-hander has allowed four or more earned runs in five straight starts, leaving his ERA at 6.10.

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Yuniesky Betancourt's two-run triple. Jurrjens retired the next 11 batters before giving up infield singles to Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez in the eighth.

The double by Gonzalez in the sixth drove in Chipper Jones, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman. Jones and Freeman reached on walks from Gallardo.

Jason Heyward walked off Zach Braddock in the seventh, moved to third on Jones' double and scored on a head-first slide on Freeman's broken-bat fly ball to center field.

Ross, Atlanta's backup catcher, hit his third homer in his 19th at-bat. Ross plays behind All-Star Brian McCann, who has two homers in 97 at-bats.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may continue to pair Ross with Jurrjens as a way of giving McCann a rest every five games.

Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for Atlanta.

Notes: Manager Ron Roenicke said the Brewers expect to activate OF Nyjer Morgan (right quadriceps contusion) from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. RHP Zack Greinke (fractured left rib) is scheduled to be activated to start against the Braves on Wednesday. ... Jurrjens threw 101 pitches, including 73 strikes. ... Attendance was 14,126. ... Corey Hart, running toward the foul line, made a diving catch to take a hit away from Ross in the eighth.

Last updated: 5:19 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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