Short rest no problem for Hudson in win over Mets
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Atlanta had to like its chances facing former Brave
. Once they got
a fourth run, victory was all but assured.
Hudson scattered six hits in eight innings and batterymate
had three hits as Atlanta once again got the best of Glavine and the
New York Mets
Hudson (5-3) made his first appearance against the Mets a nifty one, allowing six hits and two walks. Pitching on three days' rest in the regular season for the first time in his career, Hudson struck out three.
After struggling a bit initially - the Mets threatened in each of the first three innings - Hudson settled in and retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced.
"For some reason, the first couple innings I've had trouble this year," said Hudson, who threw 53 pitches in the first three frames, but needed only 52 more over the next five. "I was able to get some pretty big strikeouts. Later, I was able to get into a groove."
"You wouldn't be able to tell he was on three days' rest," Estrada said. "He was dominant, working the ball inside and out."
Hudson preserved a 1-0 lead early and, when Atlanta scored three times in the seventh, he was all but guaranteed victory. In 104 starts in which his team has scored at least four runs, Hudson is 80-4.
"To be honest with you, after getting that second run I felt a lot better," Hudson said. "To have more than a one-run lead is always fortunate for a pitcher."
The Mets could not solve Hudson but the Braves continued to own Glavine (3-5), who built a probable Hall of Fame career here. The veteran lefthander allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, falling to 1-8 lifetime with an 8.81 ERA against his former team.
Unlike many of his previous outings against Atlanta, where he was hit hard early, Glavine gave the Mets a chance in this one. However, New York never mustered a big hit and fell to 20-47 all-time at Turner Field.
"I felt like it was as good as I've pitched all year," Glavine said. "But that didn't make losing any easier. I'm not going to drive myself crazy thinking about (losing to the Braves). They find a way to win games."
The Braves have won seven straight here and, at 15-5, have the second-best home mark in the major leagues.
In the first inning, New York had runners at second and third with one out, but Hudson settled down to strike out sluggers
. In the second, New York came up empty despite leadoff singles by
. In the third, the Mets again had runners at second and third with two outs before Hudson struck out Piazza to end the frame.
"I felt like I took some good swings," Piazza said. "You've got to realize in that situation, (Hudson) made good pitches. He expanded the strike zone."