Hudson continues to roll as Braves top Reds
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- What
could not provide with his arm, he delivered with his bat.
Hudson labored through 6 1/3 innings but hit a two-run triple during a six-run fourth inning as the
recorded a 7-4 triumph over the
After winning three straight starts and four of his previous five, Hudson was less than stellar Friday, allowing four runs and 12 hits, which tied his career high. But the righthander did not need to be extremely effective as the Braves built him a 7-0 lead after four innings.
Hudson (12-7) helped his own cause during Atlanta's fourth-inning rally. Following rookie
' RBI double, Hudson hit a shot to deep right-center field for his first career triple and a 6-0 cushion.
"Man, I'm just raking (the ball)," Hudson said. "I don't know if I hit a triple ever. I didn't know if I should turn right or left at second (base)."
"We've got to make (our pitchers) stop at second," Atlanta's
said. "They're spending so much energy going for third, they go and give up three runs. You're not going to lead the league in triples. Worry about pitching, we'll take care of the offense."
The Reds began to make things interesting as
belted a three-run homer in the fifth and Ken Griffey Jr. added a solo shot in the seventh, chasing Hudson. The blast was the 535th of Griffey's career, moving him past
for 13th place on the all-time list, one behind
Griffey's shot was his first at Turner Field, making it the 41st ballpark in which he has homered. Comerica Park in Detroit is the lone existing major league stadium in which the veteran has not belted a home run.
"I didn't know that was his first (here)," Jones said. "I was kind of making fun of him, asking him if that's all he's got."
combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings, with Farnsworth notching his third save.
"(Hudson) had his stuff," Atlanta manager
said. "I think he had his good stuff, but the bullpen was just excellent."
Jones launched a solo homer in the first off Cincinnati starter
(7-13). The shot was the 37th allowed by Milton this season, a new club record. The former mark had been set by
"I'm feeling better," said Jones, who has been hampered by a stomach virus since Wednesday. "I still have the remnants. It almost is calming because everything slows down. Now everything is working slow, I see it and hit it."
Milton lasted just 3 1/3 innings, surrendering seven runs - six earned - and seven hits. The lefthander, who had won three of his previous four decisions, has been reached for at least one homer in 23 of his 29 starts.
"I left a few pitches up," Milton said. "They got into stretches where they knew what was coming."
Cincinnati lost its fourth straight game and fell to 5-5 on their season-high 13-game road trip.