Hudson bows up as Braves beat Marlins 4-3

MIAMI – On a night when neither veteran pitcher had his best stuff in the early innings, Tim Hudson did what he often does. He persevered and got better as the night wore on, retiring the last 16 batters he faced.

Hudson gave up three runs in the first two innings and nothing over the next five in a 4-3 win against Miami on Tuesday at Marlins Park, snapping the Braves’ three-game losing skid and evening the series at a game apiece.

After Jose Reyes’ two-run homer put Miami ahead 3-1 in the second inning, Hudson (9-4) retired all of the remaining batters he faced in seven innings to win his fourth consecutive start against the Marlins.

“I think everybody gets upset and ticked off when things don’t start out the way you want them to,” said Hudson, who allowed five hits and three runs, with one walk and two strikeouts. “I was able to settle down, get some quicker outs, and guys behind me made some great plays and we were able to scratch out one more run there late. It was a good win for us.

With the score tied at 3-all, Martin Prado led off the seventh with a triple to the gap, just beyond the glove of right fielder Greg Dobbs. Jason Heyward followed with a single that put the Braves ahead to stay. Heyward also walked twice and had a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his National League-leading 29th save.

“After the first couple of innings [Hudson] was outstanding,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves stayed 4-1/2 games behind first-place Washington in the National League East.  “He gave us a great chance to win the ballgame, and we won it for him with Prado hitting that triple and Heyward getting him in.

“He did a terrific job.  The only thing I wish he would do is stay off the basepath. But that’s him. He ain’t going to stop doing that.”

The Braves chased Marlins left-hander Mark Buehrle from the game after five innings and 95 pitches. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. He walked Michael Bourn to start the game, and Bourn ended up scoring.

“Fortunately we caught Buehrle on a tough night; normally he doesn’t walk that many guys,” said Hudson, who threw 54 strikes in 80 pitches and improved to 13-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 24 career starts against the Marlins.

Gonzalez chose to pinch-hit for Hudson with one out and nobody on in the eighth inning, and the Braves leading 4-3. Hudson has been bothered by bone spurs in an ankle and ran the bases twice Tuesday, scoring in the third inning after a leadoff single.

“You know, every time we try to push him through that kind of stuff it kind of gives him a setback,” Gonzalez said. “It’s got nothing to do with pitch count with him. It’s a feel thing. He’ll fight you if he feels good. When he came off the field and we said, we’re going to put [Eric] O’Flaherty in in the eighth, he said, ‘Ok.’”

Hudson said the ankle had improved significantly in the past couple of weeks and wasn’t a factor Wednesday, but he didn’t object to coming out.

“I’d been on the bases all night, because I’m a threat up there at the plate these days,” he joked.

There was a frightening moment in the seventh when Dan Uggla was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Marlins reliever Chad Gaudin, who had just entered the game. Uggla, a former Marlin who is in the midst of one of his worst-ever hitting slumps, was struck in the left ear flap. He spoke briefly with a Braves trainer before going to first base, and stayed in the game.

“That’s unbelievable,” Gonzalez said. “It sounded like the ball hit the wall. And he didn’t even have a standing eight count. It was, ‘I’m good.’ I told him to be honest with us and the trainers about checking with us, because those things can flare up in the middle of the night, concussions or anything. But he says he’s fine. He told me it probably hit him in the best spot, his head.”

Buehrle was fortunate early as the Braves let him off the hook a few times while leaving seven runners on in the first four innings.

The Braves had two on with one out in the third inning when Heyward struck out, then had the bases loaded after Chipper Jones’ two-out groundball single to center. Freddie Freeman drew a bases-loaded walk to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2, but the Braves left the bases loaded when Uggla flied out to shallow center.

They loaded the bases again in the fourth, after starting the inning with singles by David Ross and Paul Janish. Ross was forced out at third on Hudson’s bunt before Bourn singled. Prado’s sacrifice fly droving in the tying run, and the Braves re-loaded the bases on a Heyward walk before Jones flied out to center.

The Braves had left the bases loaded for the second consecutive inning. But Hudson never buckled after the Reyes homer, keeping the Marlins in check until the Braves finally pushed across another run.

“You’ve got to stop the bleeding,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you just try your best not to let it get away, keep it within striking distance whatever way you can. You’ve just got to settle down, make some pitches and get some quicker outs. I was able to do that tonight.”

Hudson was asked about Reyes standing at the plate to admire his home run.

“I didn’t notice; I heard about it from some of the guys,” Hudson said. “That’s how some guys like to play the game. It’s not my cup of tea. I just worry about winning the ballgame. We’ll see those guys a lot more, I’ll face him a lot more, and see what happens.”

51 comments Add your comment

Ryan

July 24th, 2012
9:51 pm

*Why did you take out Hudson when he had just 80 pitches over 7 innings?

Fredi: HOWTOUZEBULLPENGOOD: FLOCHART + SPINNER + THINK I’LL FART ON IT

Wren: That idiot didn’t remember anything I told him….

Nattering Nabob

July 24th, 2012
9:55 pm

Man, it’s scary how fast you completed this story. Impressive.

TROTTINGHOME

July 24th, 2012
10:05 pm

Dempster rejected the Brave’s 4 hours ago…why no updaye Dave?

TROTTINGHOME

July 24th, 2012
10:06 pm

kral

July 24th, 2012
10:08 pm

I agree.. ryan.. freddie is an idiot…he should have put on a squeeze with j-hey in the 7th ..dang it worked..he let his 3-hole hitter..hit away..what and idiot..ooohh..single..winning run..dang everybody get’s lucky over a 162 game schedule..second guesser’s ..you know kiss it..you know where there is no sun

henry tn

July 24th, 2012
10:09 pm

the braves were damn lucky to win since they left so many on base

kral

July 24th, 2012
10:14 pm

hey…rather be lucky than lose..felt the same way earlier but not now..henry t..hey frickasee..and bluster dissect this win for me please

Tom

July 24th, 2012
10:16 pm

just curious whats the braves record on Tuesdays?

TexanBrave

July 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

Solid effort…..not playing good ball right now but Nats will come back to the pack as schedule gets tough…..need a RH bat bad……….

Waiting 4 D Haters

July 24th, 2012
10:23 pm

Trotting home— Twitter says deal is still on table . Cubs hoping Dodgers will up the ante…

PaulG

July 24th, 2012
10:27 pm

Boy, incredible negativity from some bloggers…..it’s easier to be critical than correct

Craig

July 24th, 2012
10:27 pm

How long will Ugla (uggly hitter) stay in the line up. Nobody better. How far the braves have fallen.

Farnsworthy

July 24th, 2012
10:29 pm

Fredi: I think Uggla took a serious blow to the head when he was hit by that pitch. It would be best to let him sit for awhile – just to be cautious. You know head injuries can be serious. And old Dan; well, he doesn’t have much brain matter to begin with. I have a doctor friend who is also a Braves fan and he suggested caution in this case. He believes you should rest him for several weeks, maybe even the rest of the season.

kral

July 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

yes we have fallen to 2nd place…9 games over 500 after a 4 game losing streak…we have no chance…we need to sell…drenched with sarcasm …down by 4 1/2…lol

OTP

July 24th, 2012
10:43 pm

Shame the only way Uggla can get on base. I do hope he is OK, though.

NorCal Brave

July 24th, 2012
10:46 pm

@Farnsworthy: I wish Dan nothing but the best of health, and your doctor friend has the right prescription.

willy

July 24th, 2012
11:08 pm

Hey Ryan you are a f##king idot you moron

willy

July 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

Hey Farnsworthy you must not have any brain at all you f**king moron.

Farnsworthy

July 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

Yes, my friend is a very good doctor and even a better Braves fan. Of course, he is only looking out for Dan’s best interest.

marktwain

July 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

Tired of hearing how we need starting pitching. Unless your talking Greinke, nobody can be had that can shut down opponents in the postseason, which is what you will have to do with this offense. Fredi has mixed and matched this lineup as much as he can. Either he just cannot get it right or we don’t have the right guys on our team. Either way we’re screwed come postseason so don’t get rid of young pitching. It only means we’ll have no shot at Bourn in the offseason because we’ll have used the money. That would be a convenient excuse for Wren not to resign our best player.

Pale Rider

July 25th, 2012
12:30 am

Why throw at Uggla? He’s an easy out.

Pale Rider

July 25th, 2012
12:33 am

Can we get a couple of minor league pitchers for SmUggla? Or should we already be on the “we’ll get ‘em next year bandwagon”?

man and dog

July 25th, 2012
12:52 am

I agree with you Farnsworthy. Uggla needs a VERY long, extended rest. I’m not a doctor, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

funny

July 25th, 2012
12:58 am

Hudson was asked about Reyes standing at the plate to admire his home run.

“I didn’t notice; I heard about it from some of the guys,” Hudson said. “That’s how some guys like to play the game. It’s not my cup of tea. I just worry about winning the ballgame. We’ll see those guys a lot more, I’ll face him a lot more, and see what happens.”

ahaahahah translation : “Ok , next time I´ll put the ball in Reyes head or ribcage”

Ryan

July 25th, 2012
3:39 am

Hey “willy”, go to hell since it seems you can’t take a simple joke about a crack on Fredi. Apparently you disagree with every other Braves fan since you don’t enjoy taking cracks at the #Frediot. It was clearly a joke cracking Fredi, but since you’re going to call me a moron and an idiot for making it, maybe you’re the moron for not laughing.

TK

July 25th, 2012
4:21 am

The Fish just sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers for a bag of balls and a bat signed by Magic.

HOF 10

July 25th, 2012
4:39 am

Hudson doesn’t get the credit he should. He’s an excellent pitcher and a great guy who took a lot less money to be here. Big win. The team has had such a weird and streaky season and it’s huge to pull out some wins during a downturn, rather than lose seven or eight straight. I think Washington will have some struggles down the stretch, Uggla will get hot, and the Braves can win the division without giving up Delgado for any rental player.

Vermont 39

July 25th, 2012
7:32 am

Dempster has made it pretty clear he doesn’t want to be here…NEXT!!!

No playoff's as F.G..is managing.

July 25th, 2012
8:02 am

Uggla, must have run out of his supply, of steriod’s. That’s why, because, of his, slump.

Buzz 2011

July 25th, 2012
8:12 am

Uggla had another big night as he has this ” walk thing” down…….
What ever it takes, an All Star will get it done..

Ran Man

July 25th, 2012
8:30 am

Ryan…you’re my hero. That was hilarious :)

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
9:31 am

Good morning Y’all. Miss ignoramus is here.

Tampa Gator

July 25th, 2012
9:31 am

Anyone notice that Minor pitched as well….perhaps better…..than Hudson? No need for Dempster…..but a need to put Medlen in the starting rotation and JJ to AAA again….and a trade for a good late innings reliever….not a 35 year old starter who wants to live in LA.

Morris Code

July 25th, 2012
9:31 am

Like Rabbit told Lotto in “8 Mile” , “Quick get that man another steroid!!!”

Tampa Gator

July 25th, 2012
9:32 am

Amber…..Welcome…..I think you will fit in with some in this crowd….just fine.

Farnsworthy

July 25th, 2012
9:37 am

@Ryan 3:39 am: What can you say. Some folks just lack any sense of humor, and worse, can be downright rude and anti-social.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
9:42 am

Thank you Tampa Gator. I am just trying to pick everyones brain with your Brave Knowledge. You guys have a lot orf knowledge and I am trying to learn about my Braves. As I said before, I am young and naive. I have only been following Braves for a year. They are my team and I root hard for them. I appreciate any knowledge you can give me. My favorite player is Prado,but I LOVE MY BRAVES. Go Braves.

wreckmaniac

July 25th, 2012
9:49 am

Gutsy job by Huddy. He is now 9-4. Forget this idea about some “journeyman” pitcher. We need runs. Only four last night and two the night before. Is there someone out there who can hit in the 6-7-8 spot ?

wreckmaniac

July 25th, 2012
9:55 am

Amber Girl: Young and naive ? Hummm

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
9:58 am

What do you mean by that wreckmaniac?

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
10:24 am

Well I guess I scared everyone off, so I guess I will go see boyfriend and go get some ice cream. See Y’all Later. Go Braves

TWO GOOD DOGS

July 25th, 2012
10:29 am

UGGLA’S GOT A HEAD LIKE FRED FLINTSTONE. BIG BLOCK HEAD. AND ABOUT THE SAME INTELLIGENCE .

braveslover

July 25th, 2012
10:41 am

Since I don’t get the Braves feed when they play here in Fl I’ve been watching the Marlins feed. The two big topics of the last two nights are the trade they made (of course) and Dan Uggla. The announcers say he’s “in a little bit of a slide” offensively. They’ve talked about how much the Marlins love him there and they need a second baseman now that Infannte’s gone. How about Uggla and Thhran for Josh Johnson. Big trade for both sides as it gives us a top of the rotation guy and they get the second baseman they wish they had never lost and a young pitcher that they covet. Tehran might be a big future piece for the Braves so we might get them to thrown in a young arm from the farm system. This makes as much sense as anything I’ve read so far and is doable for both teams.

jharber

July 25th, 2012
11:22 am

“Honestly do not think Wren and company have the smarts to trade Uggla to anybody for useful pieces.

CLT Brave

July 25th, 2012
11:35 am

latest stats for our All Star 2B: last night; 0 for 3 ; since the All Star break; 5 for 35 YTD avg .213
Hey DOB, please ask FG why he doesnt send Uggla to Gwinnett for a while…

jharber

July 25th, 2012
12:19 pm

Cubs would gladly trade Soriano for uggs, that would be and upgrade

DW

July 25th, 2012
12:26 pm

I don’t understand why the Braves did not “knock the crap” out of Jose Reyes after his hot dogging after his home run. Do they not have any sand?

BrandonLee49

July 25th, 2012
2:11 pm

Dempster is Not going to LA, THe Dodgers just made in Idiotic Move Taking on SPasman HAnley Ramirez…. Oh Yea What an Awesome Addition to the Dodgers Answer to Mr. Arrogance, Matt Kemp, now they’ve Got Bookends for Loudmouths, and NO Money for Dempster, looks like he better Like Chicago for awhile nobody but the Braves are Desparate enough to shop for mr. Mediocrity. And Dempster’s: “League Leading ERA”, is Past Tense, after getting Shellacked last friday.

BrandonLee49

July 25th, 2012
2:15 pm

DW: When you’ve got mr. Hotdog himself, Hanley ramirez Wagginghis butt around, what do you expect from the rest of the players, it’s expected behavior for the Marlins…

bostonbravo

July 25th, 2012
5:07 pm

I have never heard the term “bows up” before. I had to read & see…did it mean: Bows Out??? Blows UP??? still have no idea.

Amber Girl

July 25th, 2012
5:13 pm

Miss ignoramus is back.

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