03/15/12 4:00 PM ET
Jurrjens scuffles in loss to Phillies
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
There was much less at stake Thursday afternoon in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field.
Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton had not allowed a run in his first two spring starts, but allowed three runs in five innings in a 6-4 victory. He has a 2.70 ERA this spring.
Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who struggled in his first two spring starts, allowed nine hits and four runs in four innings. He has a 9.72 ERA.
Jim Thome singled to score a run in the first inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Matt Diaz homered to left-center field in the second to make it 1-1. The teams went back and forth through the first three innings to keep the scored tied at 3.
Placido Polanco singled to score Jimmy Rollins in the fourth to give the Phillies a one-run lead.
Up next: Tommy Hanson is looking forward to the chance to pitch amid normal conditions when the Braves host the Astros in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Friday night. After being slowed by a concussion suffered on Feb. 20, Hanson made his exhibition debut on Sunday and completed 1 2/3 innings with heavy rains pelting him. Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty are also scheduled to pitch.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.