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Tim Hudson’s Struggles Continue, Toronto Blue Jays Rout Atlanta Braves

May 28th, 2013 at 7:53 AM
By Cody Fields

Tim Hudson has so far had a year he'd like to forget. The Atlanta Braves right-hander was battered again in a 9-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Memorial Day at the Rogers Centre.

Hudson gave up six runs in six innings, including two homers among his eight hits. He has now given up 19 runs in his last 19 2/3 innings.

"It was just not a very good night," Hudson said on braves.com. "A night where I was battling a little bit with my delivery. My pitches weren't very crisp."

Monday's outing was the longest of Hudson's last four starts, but the home run still came out to bite him, starting with a monster two-run homer by Colby Rasmus in the second inning. Hudson gave up two more runs in the third before J.P. Arencibia hit his own two-run shot in the sixth to give Toronto a 6-1 advantage.

"It seems like a lot of times I get in trouble is when I'm ahead of the count, and I'm not able to make some good pitches whenever I need to," Hudson said. "Obviously, I've gotten into some bad habits, and I just got to go clean it up a little bit."

The Braves were on the receiving end of a start of the opposite quality from Mark Buehrle, who allowed one run and struck out six in six innings.

Andrelton Simmons drove in the only run off Buehrle with a single that brought home Chris Johnson. The only other real opportunity the Braves had came in the sixth inning, when they had two runners on and Dan Uggla at the plate as the tying run. Uggla ended up striking out (again) to end the inning.

Evan Gattis continued his legacy with a two-run homer in the eighth, capping Atlanta's scoring.

One of baseball's rarest occurrences took place in the with Cory Rasmus pitching in the seventh. When he faced his brother, Colby Rasmus, it was the first time brothers had faced each other since Jeff and Jered Weaver in 2010.

The outcome wasn't the greatest for the Braves; Colby Rasmus ended up hitting a double.

"It was still awesome," Cory Rasmus said.. "Obviously the outcome was the most important part, but it was a lot of fun. It just sucks that he got a hit."

The Braves and Blue Jays finish the series Tuesday at 12:37.

Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Colby Rasmus, J.P. Arencibia, Mark Buehrle, MLB, Tim Hudson, Toronto Blue Jays

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