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Hudson makes sure Braves avoid sweep, tosses eight scoreless innings

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PHOENIX -- Another start at Arizona, another string of scoreless innings and a win for Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson.

Hudson pitched eight shutout innings to lower his career ERA in Phoenix to 1.16 and the Braves beat the Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday.

"It's a park where you have to concentrate and keep the ball down and keep them hitting the ball on the ground," said Hudson, who has allowed four earned runs in 31 1/3 innings over four starts in Arizona. "A sinkerball pitcher can have success here."

Hudson (4-3) gave up six hits and three walks. He struck out five as Atlanta avoided being swept in three-game series.

The Diamondbacks finally scored a run in the ninth off Braves closer Chris Reitsma. Conor Jackson walked with one out, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Eric Byrnes' RBI double. Macay McBride then came on to get the final out for his first save of the season.

"I can see the pressure that's on (Reitsma)," said McBride, who had one save last season. "It's a tough job for him. You have a lot more respect for the guys in that role when you pitch in it a couple of times a year."

Juan Cruz (1-3) matched Hudson through six innings before the Braves broke through. Cruz walked Hudson on six pitches, Marcus Giles sacrificed the pitcher to second and Edgar Renteria lined a double to right field, scoring Hudson for a 1-0 lead.

Renteria's hit was only the second allowed by Cruz, who retired the first 13 batters he faced. Renteria moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on an Andruw Jones groundout to make it 2-0.

"We got just enough runs," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

With the loss, the Diamondbacks fell a half-game behind Colorado in the NL West.

Arizona, which left 11 runners on base, put together one last rally against Hudson in the eighth. Chad Tracy led off with a single off Hudson's glove and went to third on Shawn Green's two-out bloop single to right.

But Hudson retired pinch-hitter Johnny Estrada on a routine fly to center to end the threat.

"They had some opportunities and had some runners on but I made some pitches when I needed to and kept them from crossing the plate," Hudson said.

The Diamondbacks had opportunities earlier against the right-hander, getting the leadoff hitter aboard in four of the first six innings, but couldn't score.

"(That) has a lot to do with Hudson, too," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We've been pretty good about that as of late."

In the first, Craig Counsell led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a groundball but was left there when Luis Gonzalez struck out. Cruz himself left the bases loaded in the fifth when he struck out. And Arizona received leadoff doubles from Counsell and Clark in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, but Hudson retired the next three batters in order in both innings.

Cruz, who gave up nine runs in his last start Wednesday while only getting two outs, did not allow a baserunner until issuing a one-out, four-pitch walk to Adam LaRoche in the fifth. Jeff Francoeur followed with a clean single to left for the Braves' first hit.

"Today, I got all my pitches to work," Cruz said. "I think I'm doing an OK job. You gotta forget about the negative thing because you don't want to bring the negative thing to the games. You just forget what happened. It's a new day."

Cruz allowed two runs and two hits. He walked three and struck out seven. He needed 41 pitches to complete the first four innings but 46 to record his final six outs.

"The velocity was there right away," Melvin said. "A lot of times you give up two hits you're not going to lose the game."

Notes

  • Renteria has a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Hudson's run snapped a 14-inning Atlanta scoreless streak.
  • The Diamondbacks turned two double plays to set a club record with twin killings in 12 consecutive games.
  • Before the game, the Braves designated RHP Travis Smith for assignment and recalled C Brayan Pena from Triple-A Richmond. Smith was the losing pitcher in Saturday's 13-0 loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing four runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
  • Braves C Brian McCann is day to day after leaving Saturday night's game with a sprained left ankle suffered in a home-plate collision with Byrnes.
 
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Tim Hudson gives up six hits in eight scoreless innings, lowering his career ERA in Phoenix to 1.16.  (AP)
Tim Hudson gives up six hits in eight scoreless innings, lowering his career ERA in Phoenix to 1.16. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
Atlanta

E. Renteria
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B2000120 .235
Edgar Renteria, SS3111110 .333
Chipper Jones, 3B3000111 .308
Andruw Jones, CF4011010 .270
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000102 .242
Jeff Francoeur, RF3010111 .258
Ryan Langerhans, LF3000111 .256
Todd Pratt, C4000024 .189
Tim Hudson, P2100110 .111
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
Totals272327109 
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (9, Cruz), Andruw Jones (9, Grimsley)
SH - Marcus Giles (3)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (16), Andruw Jones (41)
CS - Jeff Francoeur (5, 2nd base by Vizcaino/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Edgar Renteria (6, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,4-3) 8600350 3.95
Chris Reitsma (H,2) 0.2111110 6.75
Macay McBride (S,1) 0.1000110 4.09
IBB - Snyder by Tim Hudson
HBP - Counsell (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 122-69, Chris Reitsma 15-7, Macay McBride 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 13-6, Chris Reitsma 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 34, Chris Reitsma 4, Macay McBride 2
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS4020000 .318
Eric Byrnes, CF5011002 .331
Chad Tracy, 3B4010123 .298
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010114 .287
Tony Clark, 1B3010113 .172
Shawn Green, RF4010001 .327
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000013 .220
   a- Johnny Estrada, PH-C1000002 .316
Chris Snyder, C2000101 .225
    Damion Easley, 2B1000010 .233
Juan Cruz, P2000013 .000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff DaVanon, PH1000000 .298
    Casey Daigle, P0000000 .000
    Jason Grimsley, P0000000 .000
   c- Conor Jackson, PH0100100 .301
Totals341715722 
a-flied out for Hudson in the 8th
b-grounded out for Vizcaino in the 7th
c-walked for Grimsley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (5, Hudson), Eric Byrnes (13, Reitsma), Tony Clark (4, Hudson)
RBI - Eric Byrnes (16)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes (9)
SB - Craig Counsell (4, 2nd base off Hudson/Pratt)
CS - Craig Counsell (4, 2nd base by Hudson/Pratt)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Snyder-Counsell, Hudson-Counsell-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Juan Cruz (L,1-3) 6222370 5.61
Luis Vizcaino 1000120 3.38
Casey Daigle 1000210 3.65
Jason Grimsley 1100100 3.95
IBB - Langerhans by Jason Grimsley
WP - Juan Cruz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Cruz 87-57, Luis Vizcaino 16-6, Casey Daigle 20-9, Jason Grimsley 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Cruz 7-4, Casey Daigle 1-0, Jason Grimsley 3-0
Batters Faced - Juan Cruz 23, Luis Vizcaino 3, Casey Daigle 4, Jason Grimsley 5
Game Information
Attendance - 33102
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom