The Braves put a couple of crooked numbers on the board on their way to a series win.
Hudson had a decent start, going 6.2 innings and allowing 3 runs on 9 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 3. It looks like he's changing speeds more and using more breaking pitches. Hopefully he can keep building on his last 3 starts. He's still getting hit more than you'd like, but his recent work does look encouraging.
After a 3 run 3rd inning when Ohka lost command, the Braves took a 4-1 lead into the 7th and Hudson was in line to pick up his 10th win. But after a couple of hits and a run scoring, there was a case of deja vu.
Tyler Yates came into pitch in nearly an identical situation from his last outing, and had similar results. 2 walks, a hit, and no outs later, he gave up 2 inherited runs and one run of his own to blow the lead. Paronto (1-0, 2.58) had to come in, throwing 1 pitch inducing a popup to get out of the inning. I wonder why Paronto doesn't pitch more often.
With a tie game in the bottom of the 7th, the Braves went to work. Giles singled. Renteria bunted, but it was muffed and everyone was safe with Giles reaching 3rd. Chipper sac flied to give the Braves a 5-4 lead. Andruw was called out looking on a pitch a foot outside, but McCann followed with a 2 run homer to make it 7-4.
Baez pitched a scoreless 8th and Wickman a scoreless 9th for the save.
Offensive contributors: Brian McCann was 2-4 with his 15th homer and had 4 RBIs. Jeff Francoeur was 2-4 with his 22nd homer. Matt Diaz was 4-4 with 2 doubles and scored. Marcus Giles was 2-5 with a double and scored. Andruw Jones was 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
The Braves now travel to Washington, and Chuck James will pitch against Ramon Ortiz.