ATLANTA -- If his first two innings were an indication, Jair Jurrjens wondered if the Georgia heat might be too much to overcome against the Texas Rangers.
"They'd get two strikes and shorten their swings and they kept fouling off pitches," Jurrjens said. "That's not an easy lineup. You don't really want to groove one in there and make it a big inning."
Jason Heyward hit a two-run single in the third inning and Freddie Freeman added an RBI double in the seventh to help Jurrjens earn his ninth victory in the Atlanta Braves' 4-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
The Braves snapped a two-game slide, while Texas dropped its ninth in 13 games.
Jurrjens (9-3) allowed one run, seven hits, two walks and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander lowered his NL-best ERA to 2.11, but he wasn't so sure of his control after losing two of three starts.
"You go through spells like that through the season," Jurrjens said. "I just try to keep my mindset of going out there and giving my team a chance to win."
Craig Kimbrel earned his 19th save in 24 chances for Atlanta, striking out Josh Hamilton on three pitches to end it with a runner on first.
Alexi Ogando (7-2) lost his second straight start after giving up five hits and three runs -- one earned -- with one walk and three strikeouts.
Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba suffered through a difficult third, getting charged with two errors that helped the Braves take a 3-0 lead.
With one out, Jordan Schafer reached on a catcher's interference call and moved to second when Dan Uggla singled for Atlanta's first hit.
After a wild pitch to Heyward advanced both runners, Heyward's two-run single made it 2-0. Heyward moved to third on Freeman's single and scored for a 3-0 lead when Torrealba collided with first baseman Michael Young on Alex Gonzalez's popup and was charged with a fielding error.
In the fourth, Torrealba made up for some of his damage with an RBI single that cut the lead to 3-1, but he left the game when Taylor Teagarden took over behind the plate to begin the bottom of the fifth.
E-Torrealba 2 (4), Di.Hernandez (2). LOB-Texas 10, Atlanta 9. 2B-N.Cruz 2 (12), Freeman (17). SB-Kinsler (14), Schafer (8), McCann (2). CS-Andrus (3). S-Di.Hernandez.
HBP-by Ogando (McLouth). WP-Ogando, Jurrjens. Umpires-Home, Cory Blaser; First, Tony Randazzo; Second, Larry Vanover; Third, Brian Gorman.
T-3:34. A-34,599 (49,586).