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Hudson pitches Braves past Fish; home-plate umpire carted off

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MIAMI -- When plate umpire Jerry Layne left the game on a stretcher, Tim Hudson called it a night, too.

Hudson pitched 7 2/3 innings, departing only after an injury to Layne caused a 13-minute delay, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 Friday night.

Layne escaped with a bruised jaw when the barrel of a shattered bat hit him in the side of the head. He departed on a stretcher loaded onto a cart, but X-rays were negative, and he was on his feet in the umpire's locker room after the game.

"That was scary," Hudson said. "I've never seen anything like that up close."

Hudson (10-10) allowed one run and four hits while throwing only 96 pitches.

"He could have gone all the way tonight until the broken-bat incident," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It was just too long to wait."

Danys Baez and Bob Wickman completed a five-hitter.

In four starts this month, Hudson has an ERA of 2.30, lowering his ERA for the season to 4.77.

"He has been excellent for a while now," Cox said. "He is really throwing the ball well -- the movement is in the right spot."

Adam LaRoche hit his 25th homer with a man on in a four-run second inning. He also walked and singled, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Chipper Jones hit a two-run triple in the second and Pete Orr, a late replacement in the lineup after Marcus Giles was scratched with a bruised hand, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice.

Marlins rookie Scott Olsen (9-7) allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings, his shortest outing this year, and failed for the fourth time to reach 10 wins.

"I'll have a couple more shots at it," Olsen said. "I can't worry about it too much."

Olsen's ERA in four appearances against the Braves rose to 9.88.

The home game was Florida's first since Aug. 6, when a rift erupted between manager Joe Girardi and owner Jeffrey Loria that prompted a clubhouse meeting lasting nearly 90 minutes.

After Friday's loss, Girardi met with the media in a hallway outside the clubhouse, rather than in his office as is customary. He said he wanted to accommodate the unusually large number of reporters and cameramen who showed up to ask about the episode, which he has repeatedly declined to discuss.

The Marlins remained 5½ games back in the NL wild-card race.

"Each day that ticks off, we've got to get hotter to accomplish what we want to accomplish," Girardi said. "It's tough."

Attendance was 19,161. Atlanta's previous six games in Miami this season had each drawn less than 8,800.

Atlanta's first two batters produced a run in the opening inning when Orr walked and Edgar Renteria doubled him home. Renteria also singled in the fourth, giving him five consecutive hits following an 0-for-24 skid.

Florida's first two batters tied the score. Hanley Ramirez walked, took second on a wild pitch, advanced with his 39th stolen base and came home on Dan Uggla's groundout.

Ramirez had the Marlins' lone hit until Reggie Abercrombie singled leading off the sixth.

Matt Diaz walked with one out in the Atlanta second, and LaRoche homered. Orr singled with two out, Renteria walked and Jones brought them home with a triple.

Orr singled home a run in the sixth to make it 6-1.

"They got some runs for me early," Hudson said. "I was able to go out there and put up some zeros after a shaky first inning."

Notes

  • Atlanta OF Andruw Jones, sidelined the prior three games with a sore knee, went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Hudson improved to 2-0 in three starts this year against the Marlins with an ERA of 1.37.
  • LaRoche has 12 homers since the All-Star break.
  • Marlins 1B Mike Jacobs went 0-for-4 and is in a 4-for-37 slump.
 
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Home-plate umpire Jerry Layne receives attention after a broken bat hits him on the head.  (AP)
Home-plate umpire Jerry Layne receives attention after a broken bat hits him on the head. (AP)

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A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
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H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 1
 

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Attendance - 19161
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Marvin Hudson