MIAMI (AP) -- It wasn't pretty early. Once Tim Hudson settled
down, he was unhittable.
Hudson pitched seven innings, including retiring the final 16
hitters he faced, to help lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 victory
over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
"Hudson struggled in the beginning, had a tough time throwing
the ball over the plate, but as the game went on he got better,"
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Hudson (9-4) allowed a two-run home run to Jose Reyes in the
second inning which gave the Marlins a 3-1 lead. After the homer,
Hudson went on his streak before he was relieved by Eric
"Take away the home run, they really didn't hit the ball too
hard," Hudson said.
Hudson allowed five hits and three runs as he threw 54 of 80
pitches for strikes. He improved to 13-4 in 24 starts against the
"I threw some sinkers down in the zone and made them hit it on
the ground and hopefully (the ball) goes to some of our guys,"
Jason Heyward drove in two runs, and Martin Prado and Freddie
Freeman both drove in a run for the Braves, who snapped a
three-game losing streak.
Heyward broke a 3-all tie in the seventh inning with an RBI
single off Wade LeBlanc (1-1) that scored Prado, who tripled to
lead off the inning.
"(Heyward) is getting on base and getting big hits when we need
them," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's a force at the
top of the lineup."
O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless eight and Craig Kimbrel pitched
the ninth for his 29th save in 30 chances.
Heyward's sacrifice fly scored the Braves' first run.
Hanley Ramirez tied the game with an RBI single as Justin
Ruggiano was thrown out on a close play at home by Michael Bourn to
end the inning.
Reyes' two-run homer down the right-field line gave the Marlins
a 3-1 lead. It was his sixth of the season. He extended his hitting
streak to 12 games with a single in the first.
Mark Buehrle issued a bases-loaded walk to Freeman to pull the
Braves within 3-2. Prado's sacrifice fly tied it.
Buehrle walked a season-high four batters. He allowed three runs
-- two earned -- and five hits in five innings.
"Walking four guys, obviously that's not me," Buehrle said.
"I hate walking guys as it is, and bases loaded walk to bring a
run that is kind of embarrassing. Just one of those days where I
didn't have stuff."
NOTES: Braves 3B Chipper Jones is hitting .369 (31-for-84) in
his last 23 games. ... Before the game, Guillen said LeBlanc would
step into the starting rotation with the departure of Anibal
Sanchez and will make his first start of the season on Saturday
against San Diego, his former club. Emilio Bonifacio will be the
everyday second baseman with Omar Infante in Detroit. ... Miami
Heat free agent forward Juwan Howard threw out the ceremonial first
pitch. ... Braves RHP Tommy Hanson (10-5, 4.50 ERA) will start the
series finale Wednesday afternoon against RHP Ricky Nolasco (8-8,
4.55 ERA). Hanson is 5-2 with a 2.56 ERA in nine starts against the