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Heyward leads Braves offense in rout of Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Tim Hudson won't go through many winless droughts if he is backed by the kind of run support his Atlanta Braves teammates gave him on Saturday night.

Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to lead the Braves' offense that scored in all but two innings, Hudson pitched seven strong innings, and Atlanta set season highs for runs and hits in a 13-4 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla also homered for Atlanta, which amassed 19 hits while snapping a three-game skid. Brian McCann had four hits, and Simmons was a double shy of the cycle.

Hudson (5-7) allowed one run and five hits to earn his first victory since May 5. The right-hander had been 0-6 with a 4.50 ERA in his last 10 starts. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

"It's a long time not to get a win," Hudson said. "It's nice to get on the board in the right column."

Hudson, who retired the final 11 batters, looked more like the dominant pitcher who has made three All-Star appearances than the one who has struggled the last two months.

"I felt real good and it's nice to get runs early," Hudson said. "The guys came out swinging the bats and had good at-bats. It was a great night overall for everybody."

Hudson, who had his start pushed back one day due to neck stiffness, got 10 runs of offensive support Saturday after having only 14 combined runs during his winless streak.

"Hudson pitched a great game and gave us seven good innings on a tough night to pitch," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was the same old Huddy. We gave him some runs and he shut them down."

The Braves scored in every inning except the third and sixth.

Michael Young homered for Philadelphia, which fell 8 games behind the first-place Braves in the NL East.

The Phillies also sustained an injury hit before the game when the team placed slugger Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list because of left knee inflammation. Howard will get an MRI in the next day or two, according to general manager Ruben Amaro.

"That's a big blow," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "His presence means something to us. He's still a threat."

Kyle Kendrick (7-6) gave up six runs and 12 hits in five innings. Kendrick was pitching for the first time since sustaining a mild concussion last Saturday after being hit on the helmet by a pitch against the Dodgers.

"They were being real aggressive and I was making not quality pitches," Kendrick said.

The Braves jumped in front when Simmons led off the game with a homer to left field, then went ahead 3-0 on Uggla's two-run homer in the second.

Atlanta tacked on a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, including Hudson's RBI single, before Heyward's three-run homer in the seventh put Atlanta ahead 10-1.

"A lot of guys swung the bats well," Gonzalez said. "We had good hitting up and down the lineup."

The Phillies got their runs on Jimmy Rollins' RBI single in the third, Kevin Frandsen's pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the eighth, and Young's two-run homer in the ninth.

Earlier Saturday, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder Domonic Brown were named to the All-Star team. Lee, who is making his fourth appearance, is 10-2 with a 2.73 ERA. Brown entered Saturday batting .273 with 22 homers and 60 RBI. He will be making his first All-Star appearance.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was selected to the team for the third straight year. He has converted 23 of 26 save opportunities and is 2-2 with a 1.72 ERA this season. First baseman Freddie Freeman is one of the final five candidates for the NL squad. Fans can vote online until Thursday.

Notes

  • Atlanta improved to 33-7 when scoring first this season.
  • The Phillies called up Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Howard's place. Ruf entered as a defensive replacement and singled in the eighth inning before striking out to end the game.
  • Braves right-hander Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11) is scheduled to face Phillies right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99) Sunday in the conclusion of the three-game set.
 
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Tim Hudson earns his first win since May 5, limiting Philadelphia to one run on five hits over seven innings. (USATSI)
Tim Hudson earns his first win since May 5, limiting Philadelphia to one run on five hits over seven innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

M. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

A. Simmons
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS5332102 .251
Jason Heyward, RF5123004 .228
    Reed Johnson, PH-RF1011000 .266
Justin Upton, LF6011012 .247
Freddie Freeman, 1B5110114 .307
Brian McCann, C5240001 .293
    Paul Janish, PH-SS1000001 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B3213113 .204
B.J. Upton, CF5220013 .176
Chris Johnson, 3B5122001 .333
Tim Hudson, P2011101 .206
    Gerald Laird, C1110000 .290
Totals4413191344  
a-singled for Heyward in the 9th
b-flied out for Wood in the 9th
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (16, Aumont), Brian McCann (8, Kendrick), Chris Johnson (19, Kendrick)
3B - Andrelton Simmons (2, Diekman)
HR - Andrelton Simmons (7, Kendrick), Jason Heyward (7, Savery), Dan Uggla (16, Kendrick)
SF - Dan Uggla (2)
SH - Tim Hudson (5)
RBI - Andrelton Simmons 2 (29), Jason Heyward 3 (20), Reed Johnson (9), Justin Upton (39), Dan Uggla 3 (39), Chris Johnson 2 (28), Tim Hudson (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward 3 (9), Justin Upton (9), Tim Hudson (3)
SB - Jason Heyward (2, 2nd base off Savery/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,5-7) 7511040 4.03
Alex Wood 1211000 3.24
David Carpenter 1222031 2.31
WP - Alex Wood (2), David Carpenter (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 92-64, Alex Wood 15-11, David Carpenter 27-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-8, Alex Wood 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 25, Alex Wood 5, David Carpenter 6
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF4120000 .296
Chase Utley, 2B3010010 .282
Jimmy Rollins, SS4011001 .266
Domonic Brown, LF4110022 .279
Michael Young, 3B4122001 .284
Delmon Young, RF4010002 .273
Laynce Nix, 1B3000021 .204
    John Mayberry Jr., PH1000011 .253
Carlos Ruiz, C4000001 .267
Kyle Kendrick, P1000000 .139
    John McDonald, PH1000000 .073
    Darin Ruf, 1B2110011 .500
Totals3549407  
a-struck out for Diekman in the 9th
b-flied out for Kendrick in the 5th
Batting
HR - Michael Young (6, Carpenter)
SF - Kevin Frandsen (1)
RBI - Kevin Frandsen (15), Jimmy Rollins (29), Michael Young 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Ruiz-Nix
E - Chase Utley (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (L,7-6) 51266222 3.90
Joe Savery 2240201 1.50
Phillippe Aumont 1211010 4.19
Jake Diekman 1322010 5.19
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 99-66, Joe Savery 35-20, Phillippe Aumont 19-11, Jake Diekman 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-4, Joe Savery 3-4
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 28, Joe Savery 11, Phillippe Aumont 5, Jake Diekman 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37044
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Angel Hernandez