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Teixeira's three dingers propel Braves past Mariners

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ATLANTA -- Mark Teixeira sounded more relieved than overjoyed after his second career three-homer game.

"It was good. I haven't been hitting the ball great this year," he said.

He definitely hit the ball well Sunday, connecting from both sides of the plate to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-3 victory against the Seattle Mariners.

With Chipper Jones sitting out with a strained right quadriceps, Atlanta's other switch-hitting slugger came up with his best game of the season. He drove in four runs for the third time this season.

"Teixeira blasted off today," manager Bobby Cox said. "He's got a lot of RBIs. He's just been waiting for that home run swing to come around, and it sure did today."

Teixeira hit solo drives batting left-handed in the second and fourth innings, and a two-run shot from the right side in the seventh for his 13th home run of the season. It was the first three-homer game for an Atlanta player at Turner Field.

"I haven't been very consistent," said Teixeira, who began the day hitting only .264 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI. "For a game like that to help us win, it was very nice."

Tim Hudson (8-5) allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.96 and finally win an interleague game with Atlanta. Before Sunday, Hudson was 0-10 with a 7.82 ERA in 12 interleague starts with the Braves. He was 0-3 with an 11.25 ERA against AL West teams.

"He was Huddy today," catcher Brian McCann said. "We needed a big win and he stepped up and did it for us."

Hudson, who was 10-2 with a 2.50 ERA in interleague games with Oakland from 1999-2004, said he wasn't aware of his poor record against AL teams until late last season.

"It's just one of those things where you happen to have bad games against teams from the American League," he said.

McCann followed Teixeira's fourth-inning home run with a drive over the center-field wall against Carlos Silva (3-9), who left after the inning and allowed four runs and nine hits.

Teixeira's first three-homer game came on July 13, 2006, for Texas at Baltimore. It's the fourth time in his career he has connected from both sides of the plate.

"The second one was the real killer, for we were still in the game then," said Jim Riggleman, who lost two of three in his first series as Seattle manager. "The third was icing on the cake.

"He's a special guy, and he had a big day."

Jeff Clement hit a two-run homer off Mike Gonzalez in Seattle's three-run ninth. Gonzalez was making his second appearance in his return from elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

Gregor Blanco had an RBI single in the fourth and Ruben Gotay drove in two with a base hit in the fifth for Atlanta, which finished with 14 hits.

Hudson earned his first victory since May 22, bouncing back after giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-4 loss at Texas on Tuesday.

"He had his off-speed stuff working early in the game, which I think was key," McCann said, adding "we kind of got fastball-happy" against Texas.

Jones missed his second successive start after getting hurt on Friday night. Cox said he isn't expected to play Monday when the Braves open a series against Milwaukee.

The Braves also were without shortstop Yunel Escobar sidelined by a strained right hip flexor.

"It was huge for Teixeira because we had two of our guys out," Hudson said. "He picked us up. That's the kind of thing that's needed to happen around here."

Seattle's Jose Vidro had a welt on his cheek after his foul ball bounced off the plate and hit him in the face in the third inning. Vidro dropped to one knee and had assistance from the team's medical staff before remaining in the game. He was replaced by Richie Sexson in the bottom of the seventh.

Notes

  • Teixeira is the fifth player overall to hit three home runs in a game at Turner Field. Alfonso Soriano, who hit three home runs for the Chicago Cubs in Atlanta in 2007, was the last to accomplish the feat.
  • Mariners 3B Adrian Beltre missed his second successive game with a bruised left index finger. He could return Monday at the New York Mets, according to Riggleman.
  • Seattle RHP Brandon Morrow (back spasms) is expected to rejoin the team in New York on Monday.
 
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Teixeira gets some well-earned congratulations after clubbing three homers and driving in four.  (AP)
Teixeira gets some well-earned congratulations after clubbing three homers and driving in four. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 4
Seattle

J. Clement
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5100002 .288
Willie Bloomquist, 2B4021102 .258
Raul Ibanez, LF5020022 .279
Jose Vidro, 1B2000112 .216
    Ryan Rowland-Smith, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Lopez, PH1000000 .290
    Mark Lowe, P0000000 .000
Jeremy Reed, CF4000004 .295
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4110000 .285
Jeff Clement, C3122000 .169
Miguel Cairo, 3B3000102 .182
Carlos Silva, P1000011 .000
   b- Jamie Burke, PH1000000 .213
    R.A. Dickey, P0000000 .000
   c- Richie Sexson, PH-1B1000100 .213
Totals3437344  
a-popped out for Rowland-Smith in the 8th
b-grounded out for Silva in the 5th
c-walked for Dickey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (22, Hudson), Jeff Clement (3, Hudson)
HR - Jeff Clement (1, Gonzalez)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (4), Jeff Clement 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Bloomquist-Betancourt-Vidro
Seattle Mariners
Carlos Silva (L,3-9) 4944013 5.92
R.A. Dickey 2222130 5.77
Ryan Rowland-Smith 1322121 2.95
Mark Lowe 1000000 4.83
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 60-42, R.A. Dickey 36-23, Ryan Rowland-Smith 27-16, Mark Lowe 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 8-2, R.A. Dickey 3-0, Mark Lowe 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 20, R.A. Dickey 9, Ryan Rowland-Smith 7, Mark Lowe 3
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, CF5021010 .253
Omar Infante, SS5010002 .281
Kelly Johnson, 2B4110102 .280
Mark Teixeira, 1B4334011 .271
Brian McCann, C4221011 .310
Greg Norton, LF4120001 .245
Ruben Gotay, 3B3012111 .235
Brandon Jones, RF4110002 .364
Tim Hudson, P3010010 .125
   a- Jeff Francoeur, PH1000012 .246
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals37814826  
a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Greg Norton (8, Dickey)
HR - Mark Teixeira 3 (13, Silva, Silva, Rowland-Smith), Brian McCann (14, Silva)
RBI - Gregor Blanco (13), Mark Teixeira 4 (55), Brian McCann (44), Ruben Gotay 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Gregor Blanco (5), Ruben Gotay 2 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Teixeira
E - Ruben Gotay (2, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,8-5) 7400420 2.96
Will Ohman 1000010 3.41
Mike Gonzalez 1332011 9.00
HBP - Clement (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 95-55, Will Ohman 16-9, Mike Gonzalez 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 14-4, Will Ohman 1-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 29, Will Ohman 3, Mike Gonzalez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 30965
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Mark Wegner