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Hudson continues dominance of Padres as Braves record shutout

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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones is getting that 1995 feeling again.

Jones, the Atlanta Braves' last link to their World Series championship team, says this year's squad boasts similar strengths and balance. The latest proof was the Braves' series win over San Diego in a matchup of first-place teams.

Tim Hudson dominated San Diego again, Alex Gonzalez capped his first homestand in Atlanta with four hits and the Braves beat the Padres 8-0 on Thursday.

The Braves, who haven't lost a series since early May, have the best record in the National League.

"This team, the more I look at it, reminds me of the '95 team," said Jones, who had three hits. "You don't have guys leading the league in any category, but you have evenly distributed production up and down the lineup. More often than not, the teams with that kind of production are going to win a lot of games."

Gonzalez had hits in his first four at-bats to give him a streak of hits in six straight at-bats over two games, four shy of the Atlanta record.

"It felt good," Gonzalez said. "I feel like part of the team. We've got to keep going."

He struck out in the eighth to end the run, but still has hits in six of seven games since coming to the Braves in the July 14 swap of shortstops that sent Yunel Escobar to Toronto.

Even after Gonzalez drove in two runs with the four hits, his defense made the biggest impression on his new team.

"Watching Gonzalez play shortstop the last few days has really been special," said manager Bobby Cox.

Jones said Gonzalez is "all about defense."

"He's the Ozzie Vizquel, Ozzie Smith-type shortstop," Jones said. "I know that's lofty praise, but that's how much I think of him."

Hudson said Gonzalez "has been a breath of fresh air on the field and in the clubhouse."

Hudson (10-5) allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings. He is 5-0 in nine career appearances against the Padres, including two wins this season.

By winning two of three from the Padres, the Braves (56-39) claimed an edge over San Diego (55-39) for the best record in the National League. The Braves have lost only one of their last 21 series since May 10, going 16-1-4 in that span.

"They're a very good team," said Padres starter Clayton Richard. "When they have an opportunity, they take advantage of it."

The Braves' only loss in the series came on Wednesday, when closer Billy Wagner blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth.

"We should have swept," Jones said. "We know it. They know it."

Gonzalez drove in Jones with a single in the first inning Thursday, and his double to center field drove in Matt Diaz in the third. He had a triple and a single in his last two at-bats of Wednesday night's 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Padres.

Jason Heyward had two hits and drove in two runs. He was 7 for 15 in the series.

The Braves led 4-0 before adding four runs in the seventh off Ryan Webb. David Ross had a run scoring-double and, with the bases loaded, pinch hitter Eric Hinske was hit by a pitch on his left foot to force in another run.

Hinske left the game with a bruised left foot. X-rays were negative. Cox said he hopes Hinske will be able to play Friday at Florida.

Heyward and Jones drove in runs with infield hits.

The Braves scored two runs in the first off Richard (7-5). Heyward drove in Melky Cabrera in the second after Cabrera's double.

Richard gave up nine hits and four runs, three earned, in six innings.

"He couldn't get into a rhythm early," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He couldn't get any one pitch going that he could count on."

Adrian Gonzalez, who was 0 for 6 with four strikeouts on Wednesday night, was 0 for 11 in the series before his single in the sixth.

The Padres loaded the bases with one out in the eighth off Mike Dunn. Nick Hundley's double-play grounder off Peter Moylan ended the inning.

Notes

  • Diaz holds the Atlanta record with hits in 10 consecutive at-bats from Aug. 12-14, 2006.
  • Padres OF Luis Durango's infield single in the third was the 14th hit of his major league career. Eight have been infield hits. He was 1-for-3.
  • The Braves finished a stretch where they faced five left-handed starting pitchers in six of seven games.
  • Hudson also took a 6-2 win at San Diego on April 15.
 
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Tim Hudson pitches seven scoreless innings and improves to 5-0 in his career against San Diego. (AP)
Tim Hudson pitches seven scoreless innings and improves to 5-0 in his career against San Diego. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B3000101 .253
    Oscar Salazar, 2B0000000 .220
Chase Headley, 3B4010012 .271
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3010111 .294
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF0000000 .224
Nick Hundley, C4000003 .255
Will Venable, RF-1B3000110 .235
Scott Hairston, LF-CF^LF4010011 .240
Everth Cabrera, SS3000000 .203
Luis Durango, CF3010002 .421
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Clayton Richard, P1000001 .171
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Cunningham, LF-RF0000100 .296
Totals2804044  
Batting
SH - Clayton Richard (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Will Venable (3, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard (L,7-5) 6943250 3.57
Ryan Webb 0.2444210 3.49
Edward Mujica 1.1000010 2.78
IBB - Cabrera by Clayton Richard, Cabrera by Ryan Webb
HBP - Hinske (by Ryan Webb)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 105-62, Ryan Webb 39-23, Edward Mujica 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 5-9, Edward Mujica 2-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 30, Ryan Webb 9, Edward Mujica 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, 2B4000104 .317
Jason Heyward, RF5122001 .261
Chipper Jones, 3B5131011 .255
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Troy Glaus, 1B4001014 .254
Matt Diaz, LF3110110 .256
    Nate McLouth, PR-CF1100000 .176
Alex Gonzalez, SS5142010 .268
David Ross, C5111024 .263
Melky Cabrera, CF-LF2220200 .262
Tim Hudson, P3000015 .261
   a- Eric Hinske, PH0001000 .273
    Kris Medlen, PR0000000 .182
    Omar Infante, 3B0000000 .330
Totals37813847  
a-hit by pitch for Hudson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (27, Richard), David Ross (6, Webb), Melky Cabrera 2 (15, Richard, Richard)
SF - Troy Glaus (4)
RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (48), Chipper Jones (37), Troy Glaus (60), Alex Gonzalez 2 (52), David Ross (18), Eric Hinske (36)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (20), Chipper Jones (14), Alex Gonzalez (23)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Prado-Glaus, A. Gonzalez-Prado-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,10-5) 7400140 2.47
Mike Dunn 0.1000300 0.00
Peter Moylan 1.2000000 2.58
HBP - Cabrera (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 101-62, Mike Dunn 19-4, Peter Moylan 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 10-6, Mike Dunn 1-0, Peter Moylan 2-2
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 26, Mike Dunn 4, Peter Moylan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26450
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals