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Atlanta at Anaheim

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Atlanta (25-22)000000000040
L.A. Angels (23-23) «00620100x9100

Angels 9, Braves 0

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels had scored only one run over the last 30 innings on their 1-6 road trip. Once they got back home, they started knocking around former Oakland nemesis Tim Hudson.

Ervin Santana pitched a four-hitter for his sixth career shutout and the Angels welcomed Hudson back to the Big A for the first time in almost seven years with a six-run third inning that carried them to a 9-0 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

"We needed it. We've been struggling, but tonight we put everything together," Santana said. "We just have to keep doing our job and stay positive. When the run support is like that, you have to feel comfortable."

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In the first interleague game of the season for both teams, Santana (2-4) went the distance for the 10th time in 180 career starts. He struck out seven, and walked none for the first time in 10 starts this season.

"They were swinging at everything," Santana said. "So I just said to myself, 'Just keep the ball down and throw strikes.' To me, the difference was concentration. I was completely calm. I just saw the glove and tried to put it right there."

Only four players on the Braves' roster had faced Santana before -- Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, Eric Hinske and Alex Gonzalez, who were a combined 2 for 13 -- including two singles by Hinske.

"Let's not take any credit away from Santana. He was pretty good. In fact, he was better than good -- real good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We had a couple of guys who had seen him before, and we had enough reports and film. So that shouldn't have been a problem."

Santana got offensive help from Mark Trumbo with a three-run homer and Alberto Callaspo with three RBI. The run total matched the Angels' entire output in their previous five games combined. In four of Santana's previous six starts, his teammates didn't score while he was in the game.

"It's awesome," Trumbo said. "The starting pitchers have been doing more than their share of the job, and we need to start picking it up and taking a little of the pressure off their backs."

Hudson (4-4) threw 77 pitches over 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs, seven hits and three walks. The 13-year veteran, facing the Angels for the first time since an 8-4 interleague loss in Atlanta on June 8, 2005, also hit three batters -- one more than he plunked in 62 1/3 innings during his nine previous starts this season.

It was the third time in 354 starts that the three-time All-Star hit three batters in a game. He also did it April 21, 2004, at Seattle in a 7-4 victory with Oakland, and June 11 of that season in a 6-1 interleague win against Pittsburgh.

Hudson made his first start at Angel Stadium since June 22, 2004, with the Athletics, when he lost 6-1. He came in 13-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 24 career starts against the Angels.

"It was an uphill battle from the start. I wasn't making pitches and it just wasn't a good night," Hudson said. "I guess I'm just not very good in the American League anymore, apparently."

Peter Bourjos, the Angels' No. 9 hitter, triggered the team's most productive inning of the season with a leadoff double that ended an 0-for-23 drought. Bobby Abreu had an RBI double, Torii Hunter singled home another run and Abreu scored on Hank Conger's groundout. Trumbo capped the rally with his seventh homer, which landed behind the double-decker bullpen in left field.

"The plan was to get the ball up, because he's obviously got a really good sinker," Trumbo said. "But more than anything, it was about being determined. It's time for us to go out there and play like we're capable of. And if we're going down, we're going down swinging. There's no more tentative baseball. We've had flashes of the way we can play, so we're going to come out and play hard and see what happens."

Hudson opened the fourth by hitting his first two batters - Bourjos on an 0-1 pitch and Maicer Izturis on a full count. Both advanced on Erick Aybar's bunt, and Fredi Gonzalez went to the mound with assistant trainer Jim Lovell to check on Hudson, whose back had stiffened up. The right-hander then walked Abreu and struck out Hunter before Callaspo chased him with a two-run single that made it 8-0.

"I've never been one to make excuses and I'm not going to make excuses now," Hudson said. "I don't think it's something I can't deal with. I felt better [on the mound] than I did when I was backing up third base. But it definitely wasn't one of my better nights, that's for sure."

Callaspo came up with the bases loaded again in the sixth against Cristhian Martinez and drove in the Angels' final run with a groundout.

Notes

  • Atlanta C Brian McCann returned to Angel Stadium for the first time since winning All-Star MVP honors for his go-ahead, three-run double off Matt Thornton last July, when the NL snapped a 13-year drought with a 3-1 victory at the Big A.
  • With the Braves able to use a designated hitter in an American League ballpark, 3B Chipper Jones filled that role and was 0 for 3 without hitting a ball out of the infield. In 25 career games as a DH, Jones is batting .273 with seven homers, 12 RBI and 12 walks. LF Martin Prado started at 3B for the sixth time this season.
  • Scot Shields, the rubber-armed setup man for the Angels' bullpen and a member of the 2002 World Series championship club, threw out a ceremonial first pitch. He announced his retirement on March 18 at age 35 after 10 big league seasons, all with the Angels. A knee injury limited him to 63 appearances over the last two seasons.
  • The Angels are 140-109 against NL teams since the inception of interleague play in 1997. The Braves are 119-108.
 
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Ervin Santana celebrates his sixth career shutout after holding the Braves to four hits. (AP)
Ervin Santana celebrates his sixth career shutout after holding the Braves to four hits. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Anaheim

E. Santana
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, 3B4000022 .284
Dan Uggla, 2B3000001 .190
    Brooks Conrad, 2B1000010 .136
Brian McCann, C4000000 .276
Chipper Jones, DH3000010 .266
   a- David Ross, PH-DH1000010 .303
Eric Hinske, LF3020010 .358
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000002 .236
Alex Gonzalez, SS2000001 .256
    Diory Hernandez, SS1000000 .250
Nate McLouth, CF3000010 .242
Joe Mather, RF3020000 .333
Totals3104007  
a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (L,4-4) 3.2788321 3.95
Cristhian Martinez 2.1211120 3.09
Jairo Asencio 2100000 4.70
IBB - Callaspo by Tim Hudson
HBP - Aybar (by Tim Hudson), Bourjos (by Tim Hudson), Izturis (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 76-42, Cristhian Martinez 35-23, Jairo Asencio 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-3, Cristhian Martinez 4-1, Jairo Asencio 3-3
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 23, Cristhian Martinez 10, Jairo Asencio 7
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, 2B3100001 .307
   a- Reggie Willits, PH-LF1000001 .000
Erick Aybar, SS3210000 .311
Bobby Abreu, DH3121200 .267
Torii Hunter, RF3111113 .220
    Bobby Wilson, 1B1000000 .250
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3123100 .306
Hank Conger, C4001005 .259
Mark Trumbo, 1B-RF4133010 .262
Alexi Amarista, LF-2B4000023 .167
Peter Bourjos, CF3210001 .253
Totals32910944  
a-flied out for Izturis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (9, Hudson), Mark Trumbo (8, Asencio), Peter Bourjos (7, Hudson)
HR - Mark Trumbo (7, Hudson)
SH - Erick Aybar (3)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (17), Torii Hunter (20), Alberto Callaspo 3 (23), Hank Conger (12), Mark Trumbo 3 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo 2 (15), Mark Trumbo 3 (5)
SB - Peter Bourjos (4, 2nd base off Hudson/McCann)
CS - Bobby Abreu (2, 2nd base by Hudson/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (W,2-4) 9400070 4.18
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 102-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-12
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 31
Game Information
Attendance - 40211
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn