The Braves knocked around Dontrelle Willis as they took 2 out of 3 in Florida.
Hudson (3-3) pitched 6 solid innings, allowing a run on 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 7. Paronto, Ray, and Villarreal each pitched a scoreless inning to finish it out.
The Braves scored 6 times in the 3rd inning, knocking out the struggling Willis, whose ERA is above 6. The Braves cruised from there.
The Braves had 18 hits, their highest total since August 2004.
Offensive contributors: Matt Diaz was 5-5 with a double, an RBI, and scored twice. He went 9-12 on the road trip and his average is up to .349. Edgar Renteria was 2-3, doubled, walked twice, had an RBI, and scored. Chipper Jones was 2-5, doubled, and scored twice extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Jeff Francoeur was 2-5, doubled, had an RBI and scored, extending his hitting streak to 9 games. Todd Pratt was 2-5, doubled, had 2 RBIs, and scored. Marcus Giles was 2-5, walked, and had an RBI. Andruw Jones had the biggest hit in the 3rd inning, a 2 run double that got things started although he was just 1-5.
The Phillies lead the Mets in the 5th inning, 2-0 during a rain delay (it is an official game).
The Braves actually get a home series this weekend. They've played just 11 games at home, the fewest in the majors. They host Washington this weekend, and Smoltz will pitch against Ramon Ortiz tomorrow.