The right-hander can earn that milestone victory with a fourth consecutive winning start Friday night against the lowly Astros at Turner Field.
Hudson (10-4, 3.68 ERA) allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-2 win over Philadelphia on Sunday. He's 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in five starts since losing to Washington on July 1.
The 37-year-old Hudson, who has posted a 3.15 ERA while winning his last three starts, is 99-63 with a 3.52 in 215 regular season and playoff games since he was traded to Atlanta in 2005. Despite missing practically all of April while recovering from back surgery, Hudson has 10 wins for the 13th time in 14 major league seasons."I've been fortunate to be able to go out there and stay healthy since I missed that first month," Hudson said. "Guys have played really well behind me."
He is 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA in eight starts, including the postseason, versus Houston.
Owners of the majors' worst record, the Astros (35-71) have dropped 28 of 31 overall, including nine straight and 22 of 23 on the road. Houston, a loser in 14 of 18 against the Braves, has been outscored 27-7 during a five-game skid at Atlanta.
Things won't get any easier this weekend after Atlanta rolled to a 6-1 win over Miami on Thursday for its eighth win in nine games. Freddie Freeman and Chipper Jones each had two-run doubles for the Braves (60-45), who continue to hold the NL's second wild-card spot.
Freeman is 10 for 19 with five RBIs in his last five games after going 1 for 14 in his previous five.
Batting .316 during his final major league season, Jones has hit .438 with two homers and five RBIs in his last eight games against the Astros.
Houston pitchers posted a 10.88 ERA while giving up 31 runs during a three-game sweep this week at Milwaukee that concluded with losses of 13-4 and 10-1. The Astros have not allowed at least 10 runs in three consecutive games since doing so in four straight July 29-Aug. 2, 2007.
Armando Galarraga (0-0, 3.60) has a chance to prevent that from happening as he takes the mound after allowing three runs and two homers in five innings of a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday in his first major league appearance since May 16, 2011.
Galarraga, who went 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts between Single-A Lexington and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, hopes to revive his career with Houston after going 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA in eight starts for Arizona in 2011."I need to show I can pitch again and contribute," he said. "There are a lot of new people and new faces around here with all the changes, but we need to keep it together and pitch well."
This will be the right-hander's first appearance against the Braves.
Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has hit .396 (19 for 48) during his last 12 games.
|July 31, 2012||Wilton Lopez||Day-to-Day||Right elbow tightness|
|July 15, 2012||Jed Lowrie||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle|
|July 14, 2012||Jed Lowrie||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|July 08, 2012||Jason Castro||15-Day DL||Fluid in right knee|
|June 26, 2012||Justin Maxwell||15-Day DL||Loose bodies in left ankle|
|June 26, 2012||Justin Maxwell||15-Day DL||Loose bodies in left ankle|
|August 01, 2012||Jair Jurrjens||15-Day DL||Strained right groin|
|July 31, 2012||Tommy Hanson||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|July 20, 2012||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Right thumb contusion|
|July 14, 2012||Jack Wilson||15-Day DL||Dislocated right pinkie finger|
|July 09, 2012||Andrelton Simmons||Day-to-Day||Broken right pinkie|
|July 09, 2012||Andrelton Simmons||15-Day DL||Broken right pinkie finger|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Martin Prado wasn't surprised to see Tim Hudson treating the last-place Houston Astros like a playoff opponent.
"Every time he pitches, we expect that from him," Prado said. "He was so fired up, it was sort of contagious."
Hudson gave up only four hits and no earned runs in 7 1-3 innings to remain unbeaten in his career against Houston, and the Braves stayed hot with a 4-1 win Friday night that left the Astros with their worst 32-game stretch in franchise history.
The Astros are 3-29 in their last 32 games. Houston's worst 32-game stretch before the 2012 season was 5-27, most recently from June 26 to July 29, 1962 as the Colt .45s, according to STATS LLC.
"It's not a lot of fun, honestly," Houston outfielder Jordan Schafer said. "The reason you play the game is to win. When you just continue to lose and you lose in different ways, you lose by 10, you lose by four, you lose by 15, you lose by one, it's all the same. It gets tiring and annoying after a while. It's not a fun situation to be in."
The Braves improved to 7-1 on their 10-game homestand and gained ground in the NL East. Atlanta trails first-place Washington by 2 games in the division after the Nationals split a doubleheader with Miami on Friday.
Hudson (11-4) improved to 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in seven career starts against the Astros. He allowed one unearned run, four hits and two walks and has won five straight decisions.
Hudson, 192-101 overall, earned his 100th win with the Braves. He won 92 games with Oakland.
The right-hander gave Atlanta's bullpen a needed break by throwing a season-high 116 pitches.
"I'm glad I was able to go out there and pitch into the eighth and get my pitch count up a little bit," Hudson said.
Hudson said he was aware some Atlanta relievers needed a day off.
"Most every game I try to go as deep as I can anyway," he said.
Chipper Jones had a two-run double in Atlanta's three-run third inning. The 40-year-old Jones is batting .357 (40-for-112) with 19 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs since June 19, lifting his average to .315.
"I don't think he's human," Hudson said of Jones. "He's a machine."
Prado had two doubles, including a run-scoring hit in the fourth.
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 31st save.
Right-hander Armando Galarraga (0-1) gave up four runs, five hits and a career-high seven walks in 5 1-3 innings. He made his second start with Houston following his recall from Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 28.
Jones' third-inning double drove in Prado, who doubled, and Jason Heyward , who walked. Jones scored when shortstop Marwin Gonzalez lost Dan Uggla 's high popup, which dropped in shallow left field for a double.
Prado's RBI double in the fourth gave Atlanta a 4-0 lead.
The Astros scored an unearned run off Hudson in the sixth. Ben Francisco had an infield hit and moved to second on Uggla's throwing error. Francisco scored from third on a groundout by J.D. Martinez.
Tensions rose in the sixth inning as Galarraga and Prado exchanged stares as each backed away during a long at-bat. Prado and catcher Carlos Corporan exchanged words, prompting Michael Bourn , who was on first base following a walk, and first-base coach Terry Pendleton to take a few steps toward the mound. Umpires stepped in to prevent an altercation.
"It was a misunderstanding," Prado said, adding he "heard something I probably didn't understand."
Galarraga walked Prado on the next pitch and was pulled from the game.
Jim Joyce, who had the blown call that prevented Galarraga from recording a perfect game with the Tigers on June 1, 2010, was the third-base umpire.
Right-hander Mickey Storey recorded two outs in his major league debut following his call-up earlier Friday from Oklahoma City.
Schafer had one hit in his first return to Atlanta since his July 31, 2011 trade from the Braves.
Steve Pearce was scratched from Houston's original starting lineup due to a stiff neck. Francisco replaced Pearce in right field.
NOTES: Houston placed RHP Francisco Cordero on the 15-day DL with an inflamed right big toe. Cordero, who came to Houston on July 20 in a trade with Toronto, is 0-3 with a 19.80 ERA and three blown saves in six games with the Astros. Overall, he has a 7.55 ERA. Manager Brad Mills said RHP Wilton Lopez has assumed the closer's role. ... RHP Chris Devenski is the player to be named later in the trade that sent Brett Myers to the White Sox. Devenski was with Class A Kannapolis this year. ... The Astros acquired RHP Garrett Mock from the Red Sox for future considerations. Mock will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... Braves SS Andrelton Simmons had the cast removed from his right hand. He is on the 15-day DL with a broken right little finger and is expected to return in late August. ... LHP Paul Maholm , acquired from the Cubs on Monday night, will make his first start for the Braves on Saturday night against Astros RHP Lucas Harrell .