Hudson victorious in Atlanta debut
MIAMI (Ticker) -- With his best stuff failing him,
made an impact with his bat in his National League debut.
Hudson needed 93 pitches to get through five innings but delivered an RBI single in the fourth inning as the
posted a 4-2 victory over the
After spending his first six seasons with Oakland, Hudson (1-0) was traded to Atlanta in the offseason. He was far from sharp in his first start for the Braves, allowing six hits and walking four, but surrendered just one run.
"Effectively wild," said Hudson, describing his performance. "It wasn't one of my prettiest outings, just not as sharp as I would have liked. Anytime you go out there and give your team a chance to win when you don't have your best stuff, it is very rewarding."
He got all the support he needed in the fourth, when the Braves scored three runs off Marlins starter A.J. Burnett. Hudson highlighted the frame with a line-drive single to right field that scored
"I was a little more nervous up there hitting against that (fastball) than anything," Hudson said. "I just closed my eyes and swung. He hit my barrel, what can I say?"
"You have to pitch to the bottom of the lineup the same way you pitch to the top of the lineup," Burnett said. "I didn't make my pitches in those spots and it hurt us."
Hudson's only other major league RBI came here in June 2003.
"(It was) against (Mark) Redman," Hudson said with a grin. "(A) bases-loaded line drive to left."
added a run-scoring double in the sixth before Hudson was lifted for a pinch hitter one batter later.
"He just built up so many pitches," Atlanta manager
said. "He's great. He's going to be super. (Throwing) 90-plus pitches in five innings is a lot of work. He had to work for everything he got tonight."
"He knew how to get out of trouble," said Perez, who filled in for injured starter
behind the plate. "His slider wasn't good, but he knew what he had to do next. He's not a big guy on the mound, but he's not afraid to go inside. That's what we did today."
combined to pitch three scoreless innings. New closer Danny Kolb gave up a run in the ninth but held on to notch his second save in as many days.
Burnett (0-1) allowed four runs - two earned - and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.
collected three hits - including a solo homer - for the Marlins, who stranded 11 runners.
After getting shut out in the season opener, the Braves came back to take the final two games of the series with their National League East Division rivals.
"Two of three, you'll take that the rest of the year," Cox said. "It turned out to be a great series."
Marlins manager Jack McKeon is not concerned after just three games.
"Maybe it's a good omen," he said. "Things started out mediocre last year and (we) came out smelling like a rose, maybe we can do the same this year. It's only three games, we're not about to lose faith in our guys."