Jurrjens, McCann Lead Braves Over Cardinals, 3-1

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Jair Jurrjens strengthened his bid for a spot in the Braves' starting rotation, Monday, as he ran his scoreless streak to eight innings, as Atlanta beat the Cardinals 3-1.

The Braves are now 8-5 in Grapefruit League play.

Jurrjens, acquired from the Tigers in an offseason trade for Edgar Renteria, limited the Cardinals to two singles and a walk over four innings. The right-hander threw 25 of his 39 pitches for strikes.

He is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in spring training and has allowed 6 baserunners in 9 innings.

Jordan Schafer's leadoff double in the 1st put him in position to score the game's first run on a Mark Kotsay RBI single. Brian McCann then singled in Kotsay with the go-ahead run.

Javy Lopez, trying to make a comeback with the Braves, homered in the 7th off reliever Chris Perez to give the Braves a 3-0 lead. The veteran catcher had been 1-for-12 since homering in his first spring at-bat.

Tom Glavine will make his third start of the spring for the Braves on Tuesday night against Washington.

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