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Braves tie up series with Rockies

ATLANTA - Jair Jurrjens pitched seven strong innings and Casey Kotchman had three hits and three RBIs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Jurrjens (4-2) lowered his ERA to 1.96 by scattering three hits and allowing one run in seven innings. The right-hander struck out a season-high eight and walked three.

The Braves had scored just four runs in their previous three games, but they improved to 7-11 at Turner Field. They began the night with a .353 home winning percentage that was second-worst in the majors.

One of the few highlights for Colorado, which has five of seven, was Todd Helton's 2,000 career hit.