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Jair Jurrjens remains unbeaten at home, Glaus hits 3-run homer as Braves beat Dodgers, 13-1

Jair Jurrjens and the Braves added to their home success as Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs, Alex Gonalez drove in four runs and Atlanta beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-1 on Sunday.

The Braves improved the majors' best home record to 41-16 while Jurrjens (5-4) gave up six hits and one run in seven stellar innings. He's 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA at Turner Field and 0-4 with a 6.39 ERA on the road.

The Braves, who began the day two games ahead of Philadelphia in the NL East, have won two of the first three in the four-game series with the Dodgers. Assured of at least a split in the series, the Braves have lost only one of 19 home series this season.

They matched their season high with 16 hits and scored their most runs since a 13-1 win over Arizona on May 16.

Jurrjens stranded runners on third base in the first, fourth and seventh innings. He loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh before giving up his only run when Brad Ausmus hit into a double-play grounder. Jurrjens struck out pinch-hitter Casey Blake to end that inning.

Vincente Padilla (6-4) gave up eight hits and a season-high eight earned runs in 4 1-3 innings. His ERA rose from 3.32 to 3.96.

The Braves were held to one run in each of the first two games of the series before breaking out with two four-run innings against Padilla and four more in the eighth off Ronald Belisario.

Melky Cabrera had a run-scoring double and scored on Omar Infante's single before Gonzalez added a two-run triple for a 4-0 lead in the third. The Braves had five hits in the inning.

The Braves loaded the bases in the fifth. Following Infante's single and Rick Ankiel's walk, Padilla hit Gonzalez with a pitch. Brian McCann's fly ball to left drove in Infante before Glaus knocked Padilla out of the game with his three-run homer to left-center.

Glaus was the NL player of the month for May, when he hit .330 with six homers and 28 RBIs. He has hit under .240 in every month since May, including his .206 mark in his first 12 games in August before Sunday.

Despite his struggles, Glaus has 16 homers and leads the Braves with 68 RBIs. His production in the middle of the lineup is especially crucial following Chipper Jones' season-ending knee injury.

Los Angeles right-hander Carlos Monasterios gave up a run in the seventh on a bases-loaded fly ball to center by Gonzalez.

Belisario gave up four runs in the eighth. One run scored when right fielder Jay Gibbons lost Glaus' fly ball in the sun for a single. Gonzalez, Eric Hinske and Brooks Conrad also had RBI singles in the inning.

Jurrjens remained in the game after being hit on his left foot by Scott Podsednik's grounder in the sixth. Manager Bobby Cox came out to the mound as Jurrjens tested the foot with two warm-up pitches.

NOTES: Braves RF Jason Heyward had swelling in his right knee and did not start. He said he may be able to play on Monday. ... Dodgers manager Joe Torre said SS Rafael Furcal (back) should be ready for a rehab assignment in a few days. ... Jones was back in the clubhouse one day after Saturday's surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. ... Ankiel threw out Ryan Theriot at third from center field in the sixth as Theriot tried to advance from first on Andre Ethier's single. ... Podsednik led off the game with a double to stretch his hitting streak to 12 games.