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The Braves players say they aren't panicking, but it's hard to believe them after what transpired in the 6th inning. The 6th inning was a defensive disaster. Hudson had pitched well, but had a high pitch count going into the 6th. Errors by LaRoche, Giles, and another missed cutoff man led to what might have been a managable 2 or 3 run inning turning into a 5 run inning. Giles' error was a panic move, no doubt. It looked like one of the kind of errors the Braves make in playoff games. He tried to throw a guy out at home instead of getting an out at first. Instead of one run scoring and getting an out, he threw it away. 2 runs scored, batter to 2nd. Then, Jose Vidro, who shouldn't have even batted, hit what turned out to be the deciding play of the game, a 2 out double to make it 5-2. Take out the top of the 6th and the Braves win 4-0. Hudson pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. McBride got the last out in the 6th, Paronto pitched a scoreless 7th, Yates pitched into and out of a jam in the 8th, and Ray pitched a perfect 9th. The Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the 3rd and could score just one run. They got just one run after having runners on 2nd and 3rd with 0 out in the 4th. Offensive contributors: Jeff Francoeur finally showed that he's worth something, going 2-3 with his 11th homer, drew an IBB, and had 2 RBIs. Edgar Renteria was 2-4 with a double, a walk, and scored. Chipper Jones was 1-3 with a double and a walk. Andruw Jones was 1-3 with a walk. Ryan Langerhans was 1-2 with a walk. Brian McCann is going to start a rehab assignment and return June 8. It might as well be Superman joining the team. Horacio against Shawn Hill tonight.

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