Aside from the series opener, the Atlanta Braves have had a tough time scoring runs recently as well.
Hudson looks to remain unbeaten versus Arizona as the visiting Braves hope to avoid a fifth defeat in six games Wednesday night.
Atlanta (22-17) began the season 12-1, but it has since gone 10-16, with a lack of offense contributing to its most recent slide. It was shut out for the sixth time - tied with Miami for the most in the majors - and mustered only four hits in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat.
The Braves appeared to bust out of their slump as former Diamondback Justin Upton homered in Monday's 10-1 victory, though they reverted back to their light-hitting ways and scored fewer than three runs for the fourth time in five games.
Andrelton Simmons ' eighth-inning single snapped a 0-for-21 slump Tuesday, but Atlanta was shut out in Arizona for the first time since May 20, 2006."I thought our hitters ... hit some balls hard," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That is all you can do, really. We had people on base almost every inning. That's the nature of the game sometimes."
Atlanta may not need many runs with Hudson (4-2, 4.70 ERA) facing Arizona. The right-hander has won his last five starts versus the Diamondbacks while posting a 0.47 ERA, going at least seven innings in each outing and allowing two runs in 38 innings in that stretch.
Hudson, 7-0 with a 1.33 ERA in nine career outings against Arizona, is coming off a rough outing, though, giving up six runs - all in two-thirds of his fourth and final inning - in Friday's 8-2 loss to San Francisco. He had allowed four runs in 14 1-3 innings while winning his previous two starts.
"It's one of those things, like what else can you do?" Hudson said. "I felt like I made some pitches to get out of the inning. They just had some breaks go their way and it just happened to be all in a row."
He seemingly has a prime opportunity to get back on track facing the Diamondbacks, who ended a three-game skid despite scoring fewer than three runs for the fourth straight game.
Arizona (22-18) - the only team yet to be shut out in 2013 - has gone just 2 for 23 with runners in scoring position in that stretch, with Tuesday's offense coming on a third-inning two-run single from Didi Gregorius , who has hit safely in 14 of his 17 games this season for a .354 average.
The Diamondbacks will look to provide some support for Ian Kennedy , who hasn't won since beating St. Louis on opening day April 1.
Kennedy (1-3, 4.83) pitched better his last time out after posting a 5.70 ERA over his previous six starts, giving up two runs in seven innings of Arizona's 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Friday."It was his best outing of the season, especially those last two innings," manager Kirk Gibson said.
The right-hander has been solid versus the Braves, going 1-0 with a 2.66 ERA while pitching at least into the seventh in each of his three career starts against them.
Atlanta has won nine of the last 12 meetings, outscoring Arizona 65-25 in that stretch.
|May 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder contusion|
|May 05, 2013||Juan Francisco||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|April 25, 2013||Luis Ayala||15-Day DL||Anxiety disorder|
|April 23, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Appendectomy|
|April 21, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|April 20, 2013||Dan Uggla||Day-to-Day||Left game - left calf strain|
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 15, 2013||Aaron Hill||15-Day DL||Broken left hand|
|April 14, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hand|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tim Hudson threw Eric Chavez a steady diet of cut fastballs and sliders Wednesday and the Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman feasted.
Chavez drove in three runs, Paul Goldschmidt hit three doubles and the Diamondbacks beat Hudson and the Atlanta Braves 5-3.
With the Diamondbacks trailing 3-1 with one out in the fifth, Jason Kubel pinch-hit for Kennedy and walked. Gerardo Parra reached on an infield hit and Didi Gregorius followed with an RBI single.
Hudson struck out Goldschmidt looking and had two strikes on Chavez before his one-time Oakland Athletics teammate doubled to left, scoring Parra and Gregorius to make it 4-3.
"He was throwing me a lot of sliders today," Chavez said. "I'm not really sure why. I don't know if they picked up something on film. "He told me that was a really good at-bat and I told him I was (mad) because he broke two of my bats. It was just good old fun. I love Huddy like a brother."
Hudson agreed he may have gone to the cutter one time too many.
"I thought I made some good pitches to Chavez, especially the last one," Hudson said. "But he stayed with it and hit it the other way. I felt like I really had him where I wanted him. Looking back, we might have gone back to that cutter a little too much in that at-bat."
Cody Ross added an RBI single to cap the fifth as the Diamondbacks won the final two games of the series after a 10-1 loss in the opener.
Ian Kennedy (2-3) yielded three runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked three for his first win since Opening Day.
"It's been awhile since it was a win," Kennedy said. "I'll take any one. After a while, it does get frustrating. I want to get my innings up but I didn't have my best stuff."
Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.
The Diamondbacks finally responded with runners in scoring position. After going 5 for 56 of its past eight games, Arizona was 5 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
"We hope it gets much better," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson . "I saw better approaches as well."
Hudson (4-3) had been 7-0 in nine career starts against Arizona before he got tagged. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings - he's given up 11 runs over 8 2-3 innings in his last two starts.
Freddie Freeman doubled twice and singled for the Braves.
The Braves put runners on first and second against David Hernandez in the eighth but Jordan Schafer flied out and Goldschmidt fielded a hard shot by Andrelton Simmons to first base to end the inning.
After cruising through the first two innings, Kennedy was undone partially by a botched defensive play in the third.
Schafer reached on a two-out infield single and Simmons followed with a line drive toward third base. Chavez jumped, but the ball bounced off the palm of his glove and fell to the ground as Simmons sprinted to the bag for an infield single.
Kennedy then walked Justin Upton on five pitches to load the bases, then walked Freeman on four pitches to score Schafer for a 1-0 lead.
Freeman hit a two-run double in the fifth that put Atlanta ahead 3-1.
"For losing two of three, you feel like we won a couple of those games the way we hit the ball," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "It's just the way it goes sometimes. I don't know how many times I felt like the ball was going to go through the infield and it was a line drive at somebody."
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the first when Goldschmidt doubled and Chavez singled.
NOTES: Chavez has hit safely in six of his past seven games and is 9 for 18 in that stretch. ... Upton went 1 for 3 with a pair of walks to finish his first series back at Chase Field 5 for 10 with a home run. ... Goldschmidt's 11 doubles make him the first NL player with at least 10 doubles and 10 home runs. ... Freeman has 14 RBIs in 21 games since coming off the disabled list on April 22. ... Both teams have off days on Thursday. ... Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (2-4) will get the start Friday at Marlins Park against Kevin Slowey (1-3) and Miami. Braves LHP Paul Maholm (4-4) faces Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2) and the Dodgers at Turner Field on Friday. Cahill was allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts.