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The Braves took two of three games in an interleague matchup of division leaders. They've won four of five overall and 11 of 12 at home to improve to 21-7 at Turner Field.
"Two out of three against any team is very good, especially a team like that," Hudson said. "They're one of the best clubs in the American League."
Tampa Bay's two-game slide dropped the Rays to 9-13 since May 23.
"For the most part, we didn't have many chances, but neither did they," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "They took advantage of their chances."
Hudson (7-2) lowered his ERA nine points to 2.34 after allowing four hits, one run and four walks with five strikeouts. The right-hander improved to 113-21 in his career when pitching at least seven innings.
In 11 career starts against Tampa Bay, he is 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA.
Glaus, whose 53 RBI include 27 with two outs, gave the Braves their first lead at 3-1 with a two-run double in the sixth.
"Troy came through with the big hit," Hudson said. "Hit it just soft enough they couldn't get to it. Those are the kind of hits I love."
Atlanta improved to 9-0-3 in its last 12 series. The Braves were 13-18 after losing May 9 at Philadelphia, but are 26-10 since.
Hudson stranded two runners in the fifth by retiring rookie Reid Brignac on a comebacker. Hudson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh following a mound visit by manager Bobby Cox when pinch-hitter Willy Aybar grounded out.
"We just played some good, clean baseball," Hudson said. "We're a tough, gritty team."
Heyward's 11th homer, a solo shot to right-center, tied it in the fourth.
"It was good to get Huddy back in the game," Heyward said. "This team is a team, from bullpen to defense to hitting. That's what you've got to have."
Atlanta took a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Following singles by Hudson and Martin Prado and an intentional walk to Brian McCann that loaded the bases, Glaus lofted a double just beyond the reach of a diving Ben Zobrist in short right field.
"A split second earlier, I would have had it," Zobrist said. "I gave it my best effort. I just couldn't get to it. As soon as I saw it in the air, my thought was to get under it."
James Shields (5-6) lost his career-worst fifth straight start. Making first appearance against Atlanta, the right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings.
Shields, who has given up five homers in his last four starts, has a 7.58 ERA during his losing streak.
"A broken-bat hit got them two runs," Shields said. "That pitch and the one to Heyward were the only bad pitches I threw."
Rays center fielder B.J. Upton was 1 for 12 in the series with eight strikeouts. He also was picked off at first by Hudson in the second.
The game started 26 minutes late because of a rain delay.
|Tim Hudson pitches seven strong innings and lowers his ERA nine points to 2.34. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Reid Brignac, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.294|
|a- Jason Bartlett, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.227|
|Carl Crawford, LF||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||.295|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.312|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||1||1||.197|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.309|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.231|
|Sean Rodriguez, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Dioner Navarro, C||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.218|
|James Shields, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|b- Willy Aybar, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Grant Balfour, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joaquin Benoit, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Brignac in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Shields in the 7th|
|RBI - Carlos Pena (46)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (14)|
|CS - Carl Crawford (5, 2nd base by Hudson/McCann)|
|PK - B.J. Upton (2, Hudson)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Longoria-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|James Shields (L,5-6)||6||5||3||3||1||3||1||4.55|
|IBB - McCann by James Shields|
|Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 82-55, Grant Balfour 15-9, Joaquin Benoit 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-7, Joaquin Benoit 1-0|
|Batters Faced - James Shields 24, Grant Balfour 3, Joaquin Benoit 3|
|Martin Prado, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.337|
|Brooks Conrad, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.259|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||1||1||1||0||3||2||.266|
|Brian McCann, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.263|
|Troy Glaus, 1B||3||0||1||2||0||0||1||.286|
|Eric Hinske, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.315|
|Gregor Blanco, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.467|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.250|
|Melky Cabrera, CF-LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.249|
|Tim Hudson, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|a- Brandon Hicks, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Hudson in the 7th|
|2B - Troy Glaus (10, Shields)|
|HR - Jason Heyward (11, Shields)|
|SH - Brooks Conrad (2)|
|RBI - Jason Heyward (44), Troy Glaus 2 (53)|
|2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus 2 (27)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Glaus-Escobar|
|E - Brooks Conrad (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tim Hudson (W,7-2)||7||4||1||1||4||5||0||2.34|
|Jonny Venters (H,4)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.50|
|Billy Wagner (S,12)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.37|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 103-58, Jonny Venters 17-9, Billy Wagner 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 13-1, Jonny Venters 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Jonny Venters 4, Billy Wagner 3|
|Attendance - 30427|
|Game Time - 2:24|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Paul Emmel|