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Braves blank Jays
Teixeira homers in 4-0 win against Toronto

TORONTO - Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer, Jair Jurrjens pitched a career-high eight innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Friday night.

Jurrjens (8-3) allowed just three hits - all singles - and didn't allow a runner to reach second base. He turned it over to Mike Gonzalez for the ninth.

Atlanta posted just its 12th road victory of the season, the lowest total in baseball, while Toronto was blanked for the sixth time this season and second time in seven games.

Jurrjens retired the first 13 batters in order before Matt Stairs grounded a single up the middle in the fifth. Scott Rolen promptly ended the inning by hitting into a double play.

The 22-year-old rookie did not allow another hit until the seventh, when third baseman Ruben Gotay dove to grab a sharp grounder by Alex Rios, but threw late to first. Vernon Wells bounced back to the mound for the third out.

Jurrjens, who won his fourth straight decision, leads major league rookies in victories and has not lost since May 12 at Pittsburgh, a span of nine starts.

Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan (6-6) lost for just the second time in seven home starts this season, allowing four runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Teixeira gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the first with his two-out homer to right. He pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third when he doubled home Gregor Blanco from first.

Atlanta added one more in the seventh when Brandon Jones tripled to left, then scored when Blanco singled over a drawn-in infield.

Managers Cito Gaston and Bobby Cox, who opposed one another in the 1992 World Series, squared off for the first time since Atlanta took two of three in an interleague series at Toronto in June 1997.

Minor league teammates with the Braves, Gaston later served as Cox's batting coach with the Blue Jays from 1982-85. He managed Toronto between 1989-97, and was rehired last Friday to replace the fired John Gibbons.

Cox left Toronto for Atlanta following the 1985 season and has managed the Braves since 1990.

Notes: Braves LF Jones made the defensive play of the game, diving to catch Stairs' sinking liner in the eighth. ... Braves 3B Chipper Jones (right quad) missed his sixth straight start, while INF Yunel Escobar (shoulder) and INF Omar Infante (hamstring) also sat out.

SideBar: Braves at Blue Jays

When: Today-Sunday

Where: Toronto

Schedule:

· Today, 1:07 p.m. (SS)

· Sunday, 1:07 p.m. (SS)