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Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens allowed one run in seven innings as the Braves beat Houston 3-1 in a split squad game.  PAUL SANCYA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens allowed one run in seven innings as the Braves beat Houston 3-1 in a split squad game.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jair Jurrjens had his second consecutive strong outing of the spring, allowing one run in seven innings and an Atlanta Braves split squad topped a Houston Astros split squad 3-1 on Friday.

Jurrjens struggled in his first four starts this spring. He went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA last season and is expected to be one of the anchors of the Braves staff this year.

Kyle Weiland allowed three runs in six innings for the Astros. He is among three candidates competing for the final two spots in the Houston rotation.

The Braves scored all three runs in the first off Weiland. Luis Durango opened the inning with a triple that was followed by doubles from Jack Wilson and Freddie Freeman. Wilson and Freeman each had two hits.

Chris Snyder homered for the Astros.

In the other split squad game, Bud Norris allowed one run in six innings and Houston beat Atlanta 5-1.

Chris Johnson’s two-run single highlighted a four-run fourth inning for the Astros off Atlanta starter Randall Delgado, who took the loss.

Norris gave up three hits and no walks.

Jason Castro had two of the Astros’ six hits.

Delgado pitched 4⅔ innings, giving up six hits and five runs.


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