Hudson, Chipper Jones lead Braves past Marlins
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
showed the ability to bounce back.
Hudson carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Jones homered in his first start in over a week as the
posted a 5-2 victory over the
Hudson, who allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings in his worst start of the season last Friday against St. Louis, yielded one earned run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings to earn the win. He retired the first 11 batters before walking
"Just location (was the difference)," Hudson said. "The first couple of innings I was falling behind, but I felt like I got into a groove. The key is strike one."
Jones, who was penciled into the lineup an hour before the game, made his first start since bruising his left foot against Philadelphia on April 22. He got the Braves on the board in the first inning with the 315th home run of his career - surpassing
for fourth most all-time by a switch hitter.
"I was just looking for a certain pitch," Jones said. "The first at-bat, I got it. I was geared up for the fastball. He got two outs on two pitches. A lot of times, that third pitch, the pitcher will lay one in there to get ahead."
"It's a different lineup when he's in there," Hudson said. "Hopefully, he's in there to stay."
The homer gave a surprised Hudson, who didn't even know Jones was playing behind him at third base in the top of the first inning, margin for error.
"I didn't even know he was in the lineup until he stepped in the batter's box," Hudson admitted. "A great move by skip (Braves manager
"He gave us a little extra spark for us starting with a homer to start the game," Cox said. "He had a great day. A good pick-me-up day."
followed with a walk and scored on
hit his fourth homer of the year in the fourth inning and the Braves tacked on two more in the seventh on LaRoche's third double of the game.
"Just staying aggressive (was the difference)," said LaRoche, who raised his average from .209 to .231 with the three doubles. "I've been too passive up there."
The five runs were enough for Hudson (3-1), who tossed a season-high 119 pitches and improved to 78-3 when his team scores four or more runs.
Delgado spoiled his shutout bid with an RBI double in the eighth.
"Early runs are key," Hudson said. "You can relax and concentrate on throwing strikes."
"He's definitely an elite pitcher," said Florida's
. "He's a guy who knows how to exploit the strike zone."
surrendered an RBI single to Florida's
in the eighth inning, but retired
and Paul LoDuca to escape further damage.
Danny Kolb worked around a leadoff walk to pitch a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.
Florida starter A.J. Burnett (3-2) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. He struck out eight, but surrendered two homers for the first time since July 9 against the
New York Mets
"One was in, the other I left up," Burnett said of the homers. "Two bad pitches."
The Marlins and Braves split the two-game series. Florida has not swept a series against Atlanta since May 13-14, 1997 - a span of 40 series.