With just over a week left in spring training, Jair Jurrjens finally gave the Braves reason for encouragement.

The veteran pitched six innings of three-hit ball in an 11-1 win Sunday against a Houston Astros split squad, trimming his bloated ERA by more than 2-1/2 runs in one game and pitching for the first time all spring like someone who could be the Braves' opening day starter.

Freddie Freeman hit two home runs, Brian McCann hit his second homer of the spring and Dan Uggla hit a tape-measure homer to stay in the National League lead with six. But it was Jurrjens' performance that gave the Braves – and the Curacao right-hander — reason to breathe a little easier as the 2012 season draws closer.