Entering their 10-game homestand, the longest of the season, the Atlanta Braves knew they had the right guy on the mound in Tim Hudson when they faced the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hudson shut down what had been a hot D-Backs offense in the Braves' 8-1 win Tuesday at Turner Field.
It seemed Hudson was on his way to an outing similar to his June 19 start against the New York Yankees – during which he gave up five walks on over 100 pitches in five innings – when he gave up three weak singles and needed 41 pitches through the first two innings. When he was given a five-run lead by the third, however, Hudson started that inning with two strikeouts and needed only 30 pitches in the third through sixth innings.
The only damage Hudson incurred came in the third inning when Jason Kubel hit a two-out solo homer to right-center field. The home run was Kubel's fourth in five games and the first homer Hudson had ever given up to Arizona, but Hudson went eight innings and struck out seven to do best Arizona.
Hudson was able to pitch aggressively and efficiently in part because of a big lead the Braves' offense gave him early on. Michael Bourn started Atlanta's offense with his third lead-off homer of the year for the only run of the first inning.
Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman started the second inning with doubles off Daniel Hudson, and Andrelton Simmons went to right field on a single. After a Jason Heyward sacrifice fly and a single by Prado to put runners at the corners with two outs, Hudson took himself out of the game with forearm tightness.
Brian McCann would tack on an RBI-single to finish the four-run second inning. He would add another hit of the same variety in the eighth.
Meanwhile, Tim Hudson was busy helping his own cause with a walk, a single and a sacrifice fly as part of the team's season-high 17 hits. Every Braves position player with the exception of Dan Uggla recorded at least two hits, with Jones and Freeman each tallying three a piece.
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