- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (AP) - Jair Jurrjens threw six scoreless innings to help the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-1 on Tuesday.

Jurrjens allowed four hits, struck out six and walked none.

Jonathon Niese also pitched well for the Mets, allowing two runs and two hits in four innings. The 22-year-old left-hander is competing for the final spot in New York’s rotation.

Josh Anderson hit a two-out, two-run homer off Niese in the second inning and finished with two hits.

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 for New York, raising his spring average to .400. Ryan Church hit a solo homer in the seventh inning.

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