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San Diego at Atlanta

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Atlanta (67-49) «10001130x6100

Braves 6, Padres 0

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ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson said August is the right time to make a move.

Then the Atlanta Braves right-hander went out and backed up his words.

After two straight losses, the Braves were heading in the wrong direction in the NL East, and found themselves further behind the first-place Washington Nationals in almost six weeks.

Hudson ended the short skid, combining with three relievers for a five-hit shutout, and the Braves beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.

Martin Prado hit a three-run homer, and Dan Uggla also homered for Atlanta.

"There's no one else I'd rather have out there than Huddy," Uggla said. "Anytime we put him out there in a situation where we need a win, he's going to come through."

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Hudson (12-4) allowed two hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings and won his sixth straight decision.

"I saw him early in the Oakland A's days, and that's as good as I've seen him," said Padres manager Bud Black, referring to Hudson's first six seasons in the majors.

"He was on. No doubt," Black said. "He was hitting the corners, changing speeds. Got his grounders. ... This game was all about Hudson."

The Braves began the day 5½ games behind first-place Washington, their biggest deficit since trailing by 6 games on July 5.

Atlanta got back within 4½ games when Washington lost 6-1 at San Francisco later Tuesday.

"It's not a huge focus, but I would lie to you if I told you I did not keep up with what they're doing," Hudson said of the Nationals. "I keep up with the wild-card teams, as well."

The Braves are first in the wild-card standings.

Jonny Venters, Luis Avilan and Craig Kimbrel completed the shutout.

Yonder Alonso led off the ninth with a single off Kimbrel, but he was stranded at third base when Cameron Maybin took a called third strike to end the game.

After being held to five hits in a 4-1 loss to Eric Stults and the Padres on Monday night, the Braves had 10 hits and broke open a close game with Prado's seventh-inning homer.

Clayton Richard (9-12) left the game trailing 3-0 after giving up two hits in the seventh. Prado hit a 3-2 pitch from right-hander Brad Boxberger over the center field wall, pushing the lead to 6-0. It was Prado's sixth homer of the season and first since June 20.

Richard allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. The Padres lost for only the third time in 11 games.

"A few pitches away from pitching well, I think," Richard said.

And having a tough assignment against Hudson didn't help, either.

"You know you have to really be on your game," Richard said.

San Diego's only baserunner through four innings came on Chase Headley's first-inning walk. The Padres' first hit off Hudson was Mark Kotsay's single to left field leading off the fifth. Hudson retired the next seven batters.

Hudson rebounded from his previous start when he gave up a season-high six runs in 4 1/3 innings of a no-decision at Philadelphia.

Richard, coming off a 2-0 win over the Cubs, gave up a run in the first. Michael Bourn led off with a triple and scored on Freddie Freeman's groundout.

Uggla's homer to lead off the fifth pushed the lead to 2-0. The Braves added a run in the sixth on three straight singles by Prado, Freeman and Chipper Jones.

Hudson was pulled after giving up a one-out single to Alonso in the seventh.

Padres left-hander Tom Layne, called up from Double-A San Antonio before the game, struck out Brian McCann, Uggla and pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky in a perfect eighth inning in his major-league debut.

"It was kind of an epic debut by him," Padres catcher John Baker said of Layne.

Layne started the inning by striking out McCann on three pitches.

"I had a lot of fun today," Layne said. "It was cool. It was surreal.

"I don't know that I've ever struck out the side before."

Notes

Padres LHP Alex Hinshaw was designated for assignment. ... C Yasmani Grandal, on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique, took batting practice with the Padres before flying to San Diego on Tuesday night. Grandal will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Lake Elsinore. ... Kotsay will receive $1.3 million in 2013 under his new deal with the Padres, agreed to last week. ... Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca's son Matt performed the national anthem on his violin. ... Braves OF Matt Diaz, on the DL since July 21, will have surgery on his injured right thumb on Wednesday. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season. ... Braves LHP Paul Maholm will face Padres RHP Edinson Volquez when the four-game series continues on Wednesday night.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 6.1
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexi Amarista, 2B-LF4000001 .260
Everth Cabrera, SS4010020 .232
Chase Headley, 3B3000112 .275
Yonder Alonso, 1B4020001 .276
Mark Kotsay, LF2010000 .279
   a- Chris Denorfia, PH-RF2000021 .282
Will Venable, RF2000011 .243
   b- Logan Forsythe, PH-2B1000101 .264
Cameron Maybin, CF4000024 .212
John Baker, C3010001 .248
Clayton Richard, P2000000 .096
    Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
   c- Jesus Guzman, PH1000001 .247
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
Totals3205028  
a-struck out for Kotsay in the 7th
b-walked for Venable in the 7th
c-flied out for Boxberger in the 8th
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard (L,9-12) 6.1955011 3.91
Brad Boxberger 0.2111011 3.46
Tommy Layne 1000030 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 102-73, Brad Boxberger 16-9, Tommy Layne 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 11-7
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 28, Brad Boxberger 3, Tommy Layne 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4220001 .292
Martin Prado, LF4223001 .299
Freddie Freeman, 1B4011010 .278
Chipper Jones, 3B4021010 .312
Brian McCann, C4000013 .232
Dan Uggla, 2B4111011 .213
Reed Johnson, RF3000002 .300
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Luis Avilan, P0000000 .333
   a- Tyler Pastornicky, PH1000010 .258
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Paul Janish, SS3020000 .204
Tim Hudson, P2000001 .211
    Jason Heyward, RF1100001 .267
Totals34610605  
a-struck out for Avilan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (19, Richard)
3B - Michael Bourn (9, Richard)
HR - Martin Prado (6, Boxberger), Dan Uggla (14, Richard)
RBI - Martin Prado 3 (51), Freddie Freeman (76), Chipper Jones (50), Dan Uggla (59)
SB - Michael Bourn (31, 2nd base off Boxberger/Baker), Jason Heyward (16, 2nd base off Richard/Baker)
Team LOB - 4
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,12-4) 6.1200140 3.59
Jonny Venters (H,16) 0.2000120 3.63
Luis Avilan 1200000 3.60
Craig Kimbrel 1100020 1.23
WP - Craig Kimbrel (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 97-63, Jonny Venters 14-7, Luis Avilan 24-17, Craig Kimbrel 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 10-5, Luis Avilan 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 22, Jonny Venters 3, Luis Avilan 5, Craig Kimbrel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16427
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Brian Runge