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The Associated Press
ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens threw a one-hitter for his first career shutout, Jason Heyward ended a long home-run drought and the streaking Atlanta Braves beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 on Friday night.
Jurrjens (11-3) became the first NL pitcher with 11 wins and lowered the NL's best ERA to 1.89.
Adam Jones ended Jurrjens' no-hit bid with his single up the middle with one out in the seventh. Jones stole second but was stranded there as Jurrjens struck out Matt Wieters and Derek Lee.
Jurrjens recorded 15 straight outs before Mark Reynolds walked to lead off the sixth.
Jeremy Guthrie (3-10) threw five scoreless innings, allowing only a walk and a hit, before giving up Heyward's first homer since April 29, a two-run shot in the sixth.
Jurrjen threw 101 pitches through eight innings but was allowed to pitch the ninth with closer Craig Kimbrel standing on the bullpen mound. Jurrjens pitched a perfect ninth for his second complete game of the season.
Jurrjens struck out eight and walked one batter.
The Braves (48-35) have won four straight and nine of 11 to move a season-best 13 games over .500. The Orioles (35-44) have lost four straight to fall a season-worst nine games below .500.
Heyward missed 18 games with a right shoulder injury before coming off the disabled list on June 15.
Heyward hit 18 homers and drove in 72 runs as a rookie last season and had seven homers at the end of April this year.
Guthrie was pulled after giving up singles to Jordan Schafer and
Heyward to open the eighth. Left-hander Pedro Viola, recalled from Double-A Bowie before the game, recorded one out before giving up Chipper Jones' run-scoring single to left.
Freddie Freeman followed with a grounder which first baseman Derek Lee fielded before throwing wildly to second base for an error, allowing
Heyward to score for a 4-0 lead.
Guthrie gave up six hits and four runs, three earned, in seven-plus innings.
ach starting pitcher had the support of strong defensive plays in the outfield.
Nate McLouth, running toward the wall in left field, caught a drive hit by Jones with two outs in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Jones made a running catch in front of the wall in center of a drive hit by Freeman.
The Braves haven't had a no-hitter since Kent Mercker held the Dodgers without a hit on April 8, 1994. Mercker also was part of a combined no-hitter with Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena against San Diego on Sept. 11, 1991.
NOTES: Braves OF Martin Prado took batting practice outdoors on Friday for the first time since surgery for a staph infection in his right leg. He has been out since June 8 and could make a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week. ... Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Viola gave the bullpen another LHP against a Braves lineup stacked with left-handed hitters. ... Braves 2B Dan Uggla was 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and is hitting .176.