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ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson said "nothing was great" about his season debut.
Nothing, except the outcome.
Hudson (1-0) pitched in the majors for the first time since his operation last November to repair a herniated disc. The right-hander threw 96 pitches while giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. He allowed at least one baserunner in every inning.
Hudson gave a mixed review of his performance.
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"My cutter was pretty good, coming in on the lefties. My fastball wasn't exactly how I wanted it, but it was good enough. ... I was able to keep them off-balance good enough and locate just good enough," he said.
"It wasn't a great day from me, stuff-wise, but I feel like it was step better from me than my last time out, my last rehab start," he said.
Hudson's return was especially important to the Braves' rotation after Jair Jurrjens' struggles got him demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
"He's one of those guys who goes out there and performs and gives everything he has. He gives us a chance to stay in the game. He kept us in the game. He's a battle guy. We love to have him back on the team."
The Pirates stranded 10 runners, including eight against Hudson.
"He gave us a great opportunity to win," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He gave us five innings. He got out there for the first time in a while and probably wasn't as sharp as he wanted to be. The base hits that he gave up were at least ground balls. His ball was sinking. It was nice to see."
Craig Kimbrel gave up one run in the ninth before earning his eighth save. Jose Tabata hit a one-out double, advanced to third on Andrew McCutchen's groundout and scored on Kimbrel's wild pitch. Kimbrel struck out Garrett Jones to end the game.
Michael Bourn had three hits and a walk for the Braves.
Tabata had three hits, including a two-run single.
The Braves scored an unearned run in the third. With one out, McCutchen dropped Hudson's fly ball to center field for an error. After Bourn walked, Alvarez bobbled Prado's grounder at third base for another error. Hudson scored on Freddie Freeman's sacrifice fly, cutting the Pirates' lead to 2-1.
The Pirates' ninth-inning rally made the errors and the unearned run more painful in Pittsburgh's clubhouse.
McCutchen couldn't explain his drop.
"I don't know what really happened," McCutchen said. "Routine fly ball. Just missed the ball. You shake your head.
"I hate that it happened. We had two errors that inning. ... We didn't get the job done. I didn't get the job done. [Correia] doesn't deserve that loss. I wish I could take it for him."
Added Alvarez: "We have to make the plays behind him. If we make the plays, it's a different story."
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said it was an uncharacteristic defensive lapse for his team.
"We had been rolling for over a week playing really good defense," Hurdle said. "It was just today we put two on in one inning. You give a team five outs, you're lucky to get out of it with just a run."
Hurdle called McCutchen's drop "just a miss."
"The ball gets in the sun a little bit but you think you've got it," Hurdle said. "It doesn't happen very often but it does happen, even up here."
Tyler Pastornicky's double to left-center off Correia in the fourth drove in Uggla, who walked.
|Tim Hudson, making his first start after offseason back surgery, gives up just two runs on six hits. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alex Presley, LF||4||0||0||0||1||2||1||.288|
|Jose Tabata, RF||5||1||3||2||0||0||1||.231|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.305|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||3||2||.265|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.254|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Clint Barmes, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.149|
|Brad Lincoln, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Watson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Casey McGehee, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.271|
|Evan Meek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael McKenry, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.300|
|Kevin Correia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Josh Harrison, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.111|
|a-struck out for Watson in the 8th|
|2B - Jose Tabata (2, Kimbrel), Garrett Jones (3, Hudson), Neil Walker (2, Hudson), Pedro Alvarez (4, Venters)|
|SH - Kevin Correia 2 (2)|
|RBI - Jose Tabata 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Tabata 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Barmes-Walker-G. Jones|
|E - Pedro Alvarez (3, Misplayed grounder), Andrew McCutchen (1, Dropped fly)|
|Kevin Correia (L,1-1)||4.1||4||3||2||5||0||0||2.42|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 101-53, Brad Lincoln 40-25, Tony Watson 5-4, Evan Meek 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 9-5, Brad Lincoln 3-1, Evan Meek 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 23, Brad Lincoln 9, Tony Watson 2, Evan Meek 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||3||0||1||0||0||.344|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||1||1||1||1||1||2||.277|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.274|
|Brian McCann, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.242|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||2||1||1||1||2||0||2||.272|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.267|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.273|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.211|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Hudson, P||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jack Wilson, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.115|
|a-grounded out for Venters in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Durbin in the 6th|
|2B - Tyler Pastornicky (2, Correia)|
|HR - Martin Prado (2, Lincoln)|
|SF - Freddie Freeman (3)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (13), Freddie Freeman (16), Dan Uggla (15), Tyler Pastornicky (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Tyler Pastornicky (3)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Brian McCann (1, Missed catch of throw), Tyler Pastornicky (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tim Hudson (W,1-0)||5||6||2||2||2||6||0||3.60|
|Chad Durbin (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.36|
|Eric O'Flaherty (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.91|
|Jonny Venters (H,5)||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,8)||1||1||1||1||0||2||0||2.00|
|HBP - A. McCutchen (by Tim Hudson)|
|WP - Craig Kimbrel (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 96-63, Chad Durbin 9-7, Eric O'Flaherty 10-8, Jonny Venters 23-15, Craig Kimbrel 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 7-3, Chad Durbin 2-1, Jonny Venters 1-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 25, Chad Durbin 3, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jonny Venters 5, Craig Kimbrel 4|
|Attendance - 30419|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|