Tim Hudson hasn't won a game since early May, but he made his third straight quality start Tuesday night at Petco Park. Even with his efforts, the Atlanta Braves lost a 3-2 game to the San Diego Padres.
Hudson only made two real mistakes in his 7 1/3 innings. He hung a splitter to Chase Headley in the first inning, which was deposited over the right field wall. He also planted a fastball down the middle in the third inning that Carlos Quentin turned into an RBI-single.
"I felt really good tonight," Hudson said on braves.com. "I felt it was probably one of my top two or three games, stuff-wise. I felt like I just made a couple bad pitches and somehow gave up three runs. They took advantage of the [Chase Headley] homer and the pitch to [Carlos] Quentin."
After Quentin's single in the third, Hudson retired the next 13 Padres batters he faced. That unfortunately wasn't enough to keep him from taking the loss, as Andrew Cashner largely shut down the Braves offense.
Freddie Freeman drove in a run with a single in the first inning. The only other Braves run came in the sixth when Freeman grounded into a double play with runners on the corners.
"He was able to keep us off balance," Freeman said. "He wasn't really throwing his heater a lot tonight. But you knew he [could throw] 96 or 97 mph. So, you've got to be aware of it. He was able to throw his slider and his changeup and he was throwing offspeed in hitter's counts."
The loss drops the Braves to 2-4 on the road trip so far, but they have a chance to avoid a series sweep Wednesday afternoon.
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