The Braves previously had issues with striking out too much, but Donovan Hand only struck out three batters over 4 2/3 innings in his first Major League start, and no other Brave struck out until Francisco Rodriguez fanned one in his 300th save. The problem recently has been that they're not converting run scoring opportunities, going 0-for-3 on Saturday.
Andrelton Simmons and B.J. Upton contributed all the offensive output with two hits a piece, including a double by Upton in the fifth. Otherwise, the bats were quiet yet again in another tough-luck for Tim Hudson.
Hudson allowed two runs over his six innings while battling control issues in the form of four walks and a hit batter. Juan Francisco drove in the decisive run in the fourth inning with an RBI-single.
All told, Hudson is winless in his last nine starts, getting a total of 10 runs of support from the offense.
The only time the Braves remotely threatened came with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth, but Chris Johnson grounded out to end it rather quickly.
The Braves will try to avoid being swept and shut out for the series Sunday at 2:10 EDT.
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