Nothing seemed to go right for Tim Hudson in the fourth inning, when the San Francisco Giants scored six runs on the way to an 8-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the second game of the series on Friday at AT&T Park.
The Giants used five straight hits to begin the inning, resulting in Hudson being chased from the game after just 3 2/3 innings and six runs.
"It's one of those things, like what else can you do?" Hudson said on braves.com. "I felt like I made some pitches to get out of the inning. They just had some breaks go their way and it just happened to be all in a row."
Hudson entered the fourth inning having given up one hit after sitting down the first seven batters he faced.
That all changed when Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval started the fourth with singles, which Buster Posey followed with an RBI-double. Those were the only decently hard-hit balls until the final hit Hudson gave up to Scutaro.
Hunter Pence followed Posey's double with an RBI-infield single that got stuck in Juan Francisco's glove, and Brandon Belt bounced a double over Freddie Freeman's head for a run-scoring double. Hudson intentionally walked Brandon Crawford to load the bases with one out, only to have Matt Cain dribble an RBI-single to right. Two batters later, Scutaro ended Hudson's night with a two-run single.
"It was just one of those games where in one inning they got a couple pitches to hit and got me in a jam," Hudson said. "Then a couple of breaks go their way. Then a couple more pitches to hit that got me out of the game. It was just one of those nights where one inning cost us the game."
Cain proved masterful on the mound, with his only mistake coming on a two-run homer Brian McCann hit into McCovey Cove in the fifth inning. The only other Brave to accomplish that feat was Rick Ankiel in in the 2010 National League Division Series.
Cain finished with just the two runs on three hits over eight innings, striking out seven. The only hits other than McCann's home run he gave up were a single to Jordan Schafer and a double to Justin Upton.
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