There is good reason Atlanta Braves starting pitcher TIm Hudson has earned the nickname of "Bulldog," and he showed it again Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins in the Braves' 4-3 win at Marlins Park.
Hudson allowed the fish to jump out to an early 3-1 lead, but he dominated over his final five innings, retiring the final 16 batters he faced. In all, Hudson gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings, good enough to record the win to even the series.
After Jason Heyward put the Braves up by a run in the top of the first, Hudson gave up a two-out run-scoring knock to Hanley Ramirez to even the score. In a funny way of the baseball gods evening things out, homeplate umpire Laz Diaz called Justin Ruggiano out at home on the play, even though replays showed that Ruggiano's hand touched the plate before David Ross put down the tag from Michael Bourn's throw.
Diaz ejected Fredi Gonzalez Monday night for ruling that Heyward was out at first on a double play when replays showed he beat the throw.
Hudson would see two out troubles would strike again for Hudson in the second when Jose Reyes launched a two-run homer, just his sixth of the year.
That would be the final baserunner Hudson would give up as he mowed through the Marlins lineup, retiring the final 16 batters he faced. He would exit after seven innings, having thrown only 80 pitches.
The Braves offense would take advantage of Miami starter Mark Buehrle and his control problems. Buerhle needed 95 pitches to get through five innings and walked four, including a bases loaded free pass to Freddie Freeman in the third. Atlanta would also manufacture a run in the fourth when they strung together three singles and a Martin Prado sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Prado would be instrumental in the seventh when he led off the inning with a triple off Wade LeBlanc, setting up Heyward for a single and his second RBI of the night to give the Braves their 4-3 lead.
Eric O'Flaherty threw a scoreless eighth, though the hit he gave up to Austin Kearns was the Marlins' only baserunner after the second inning.
Craig Kimbrel secured his 29th save of the year with a perfect ninth, ending the game by striking out Hanley Ramirez looking.
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