Tim Hudson will have to wait to secure win no. 200 of his career, as the Pittsburgh Pirates slugged him for his worst start of the season and shutout the Atlanta Braves 6-0 to even the series at PNC Park.
Hudson was able to get around a double by Travis Snider in the first inning, but he ended up allowing four extra-base hits in a three-run second inning. Neil Walker got that started with a triple to left field, which Pedro Alvarez followed with a homer to right that cleared the grandstand. Jose Tabata finished the scoring in that inning with an RBI-double.
Hudson would walk Tabata, give up a single to Snider and walk Andrew McCutchen before allowing the two-run single by Garrett Jones that ended his night in the fifth.
"Obviously, I didn't make some pitches in some situations," Hudson said on braves.com. "I just wasn't very good tonight. I didn't make some pitches. They had some pretty good at-bats. They hit some decent pitches. But it was a night where I just wasn't very good from the start."
Hudson's four-plus innings were the fourth time in his last 19 starts that he's gone fewer than five innings.
Wandy Rodriguez was the polar opposite of Hudson. He shutout the Braves over seven innings and Pirates pitchers faced the minimum 27 batters in the game.
Jason Heyward recorded the first Braves hit in the fourth, but Justin Upton grounded into a double play the very next pitch. Andrelton Simmons singled for the only other Braves hit to start the ninth inning, but Gerald Laird hit into another double play on the next pitch as well.
The last time the Braves only mustered 27 plate appearances in a game was May 18, 2004, when Randy Johnson threw a perfect game at Turner Field while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"We didn't do anything offensively to help [Hudson] out or to get back in the game," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Wandy was pretty good. That was pretty much the game there."
B.J. Upton became the first Braves player ejected this season when the infamous Sam Holbrook threw him out after Upton struck out looking in the seventh. Upton got in his say when he disagreed, but Holbrook seemed to "shoo" him away with a hand wave, causing Upton to erupt. Braves 101 will have more coverage of that episode later.
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