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Hudson wins Atlanta debut 4-2 over Florida

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MIAMI -- Pitching in a new league and unaccustomed to the mound, Tim Hudson struggled with his control. He gave up a home run, which happened only eight times last year. And a pinch-hitter -- never a factor in the American League -- forced him from the game.

He won anyway.

Hudson lasted just five innings in his debut for the Atlanta Braves, but that was long enough to earn the victory as they beat the Florida Marlins 4-2 Thursday night.

"It wasn't exactly one of my prettiest outings, but I was able to battle and make some pitches when I needed to," Hudson said. "I just wasn't quite as sharp as I'd like. Hopefully, from here everything will get better."

The former 20-game winner, acquired in a trade after six years with Oakland, allowed six hits and four walks but just one run. He stranded seven runners and induced two double-play grounders.

Hudson said he had trouble adjusting to the big mound at the Marlins' ballpark. His slider proved unreliable, so he threw mostly splitters and changeups.

"He didn't have his good stuff, but he knew how to get out of trouble," Braves catcher Eddie Perez said. "It was exactly what I was expecting from somebody like him."

Hudson said butterflies were a problem only when he hit against hard-throwing A.J. Burnett. He came through with a run-scoring single for his second career RBI.

"I just closed my eyes and swung," Hudson said. "He hit my barrel."

Florida gave up two unearned runs because of a throwing error by Gold Glove second baseman Luis Castillo. The Marlins, who hit into a team-record six double plays in a 13-inning loss Wednesday, hit into two more and stranded 11 runners.

"It seems like we're getting enough people on base, but we're not scoring runs," Castillo said. "We have to fix that."

New Braves closer Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his second save, allowing an RBI groundout by Miguel Cabrera. Atlanta won the series despite being outscored 12-6.

The only run allowed by Hudson came when Alex Gonzalez hit a slider for a homer in the fourth, ending a streak of 15 innings without a run for Florida. Hudson gave up the fewest homers per nine innings in the AL last year (0.38).

The Braves led 4-1 and had a runner on second with two outs in the sixth when manager Bobby Cox removed Hudson for a pinch-hitter. Cox said he would have made a change regardless because Hudson had thrown 93 pitches.

"In five innings, that's a ton of work," Cox said. "He had to work for everything he got. He's going to be super."

Hudson improved his career record to 93-39 (.705), which ranks third in winning percentage among starters with at least 100 decisions.

"I know there are expectations," he said. "People are expecting a certain caliber pitcher when I'm out there. So do I. I expect to go out there and get the job done."

Castillo's error and four singles off Burnett (0-1) helped the Braves break a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth.

Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones singled to start the inning. A groundout scored one run, and Brian Jordan singled for his first hit of the season to put runners at first and third.

Perez hit a two-out grounder in the hole to Castillo, who made a diving stop but threw wide from one knee to first, allowing a run to come home. Hudson followed with a single, making the score 3-0.

"I made a bad throw," Castillo said. "I'm just trying to get the ball over there. I obviously didn't come through."

Hudson, meanwhile, benefited from solid defense. Shortstop Rafael Furcal saved a run by making a diving catch of Castillo's soft liner with two runners on to end the fourth.

Notes

  • Carlos Delgado went 1-for-3 against Hudson and remained at .333 (10-for-30) against the right-hander with five homers.
  • Chipper Jones improved to .367 (11-for-30) against Burnett.
  • Atlanta is 16-6 against Florida since the start of last season.
 
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Decent debut: Tim Hudson yields just one run  on six hits, while adding a run-scoring single at the plate.   (AP)
Decent debut: Tim Hudson yields just one run on six hits, while adding a run-scoring single at the plate. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 4
K 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5010002 .231
Pete Orr, 2B4000001 .222
Chipper Jones, 3B3110111 .385
Andruw Jones, CF3010101 .231
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000034 .111
    Wilson Betemit, PR0000000 .000
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
    Danny Kolb, P0000000 .000
Raul Mondesi, RF4111000 .091
Brian Jordan, LF4220001 .167
Eddie Perez, C4011000 .083
Tim Hudson, P2011010 .500
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000011 .333
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
    Julio Franco, 1B1000000 .143
Totals354832611 
a-struck out for Hudson in the 6th
Batting
2B - Eddie Perez (1, Burnett)
RBI - Raul Mondesi (1), Eddie Perez (1), Tim Hudson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Eddie Perez (1), Tim Hudson (1)
SB - Rafael Furcal (1, 2nd base off Burnett/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Furcal-LaRoche, Furcal-Orr-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,1-0) 5611421 1.80
Jorge Sosa (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Kevin Gryboski (H,1) 1000210 0.00
Chris Reitsma (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Danny Kolb (S,2) 1111000 4.50
WP - Danny Kolb (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 93-52, Jorge Sosa 16-14, Kevin Gryboski 20-10, Chris Reitsma 8-7, Danny Kolb 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 7-4, Kevin Gryboski 1-1, Chris Reitsma 1-1, Danny Kolb 3-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 23, Jorge Sosa 4, Kevin Gryboski 5, Chris Reitsma 4, Danny Kolb 4
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF3110200 .250
Luis Castillo, 2B4000112 .167
Miguel Cabrera, LF4011111 .214
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010101 .462
Mike Lowell, 3B4000014 .231
Paul Lo Duca, C4010000 .357
Juan Encarnacion, RF3010111 .300
Alex Gonzalez, SS4131011 .333
A.J. Burnett, P2010002 .500
   a- Jeff Conine, PH1000001 .000
    Nate Bump, P0000000 .000
   b- Lenny Harris, PH1000001 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Totals342926514 
a-flied out for Burnett in the 6th
b-grounded out for Bump in the 8th
Batting
3B - A.J. Burnett (1, Hudson)
HR - Alex Gonzalez (1, Hudson)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (1), Alex Gonzalez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Castillo-Delgado, Castillo-A. Gonzalez-Delgado
E - Miguel Cabrera (1, dropped fly), Luis Castillo (1, misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
A.J. Burnett (L,0-1) 6742260 3.00
Nate Bump 2100000 2.45
Guillermo Mota 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 86-55, Nate Bump 30-17, Guillermo Mota 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 9-3, Nate Bump 4-2, Guillermo Mota 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 27, Nate Bump 7, Guillermo Mota 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19108
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Joe Brinkman, Third Base - Derryl Cousins