Jurrjens, Kotchman power Atlanta's 8-1 win

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ATLANTA (AP) - 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 lost five of
seven, was Todd Helton's 2,000 career hit. The Rockies' first
baseman singled in third to become the 255th player to reach the