Hudson continues to roll as Braves rout Phillies
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
knows how to pitch with the lead.
Hudson continued his stellar start in the National League with six solid innings as the
posted their third straight win, an 11-1 rout of the
With the Braves struggling offensively the last seven days, Hudson (2-0) made sure an early five-run lead stood up, allowing just a run and five hits. The righthander walked three and struck out two while throwing 95 pitches.
Overall, the 29-year-old Hudson improved to 77-2 in 99 career starts in which he has received four or more runs of support.
"That's (a pretty good record)," Braves manager
said. "Four runs isn't all that much anymore."
"I've heard about (my record)," Hudson said. "I don't know, it doesn't seem that easy. It's not that easy. I think it's just being aggressive, just going out there and trying to take control of the game. When you get a big lead, you don't want to nibble."
After breaking out of a funk with six runs in a win over the Phillies on Friday, the Braves got to lefthander
(1-2) quickly in this one. With one out in the first inning,
recorded consecutive hits to grab a 2-0 advantage.
Two batters later, Wolf hit
with a pitch to put runners at first and second for
, who celebrated his 28th birthday by drilling a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for his second homer of the season.
"(It was) a horrible pitch," said Wolf, who surrendered six runs and seven hits in four innings. "I wanted to put it in the (catcher's) mitt and it went in the stands."
It was the second time in his career
has homered on his birthday, with the other blast coming against Arizona in 2002.
"He did (give me a present),"
said. "I think he took care of me right there. He left a ball over the plate in time for me to hit it."
Jordan had an inkling the Braves would win once they gave their ace a five-run cushion in the first.
"(I thought) the game was over," Jordan said. "And (Hudson) struggled a little bit today. That's a good bad day to have."
The Braves tacked on five more runs in the fifth against relievers
. Atlanta sent 12 batters to the plate in the frame as Philadelphia's staff - which entered with the lowest walks total in the NL - walked five, including Hudson and
with the bases loaded.
"We're just not playing good," Phillies manager
said. "They outplayed us. They outpitched us, they outhit us."
Philadelphia had a chance to get to Hudson in the first. But after it loaded the bases with one out,
- who was tied for the major league lead with 20 RBI - grounded into a double play.
"I don't know how I did it," Hudson said. "It was a battle out there. I was able to make some pitches when I needed to."
"That's what good pitchers do," said Philadelphia's
, who went hitless in four at-bats. "They find ways to win, even when they don't have their best stuff."
Jordan finished with two run-scoring singles and Franco scored three runs for the Braves.
plated the lone run for the Phillies, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games.