Francouer, Braves send Reds to fifth straight loss
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- For the second straight night, a Hudson was on the mound at Turner Field. However, Luke did not enjoy the same success as Tim.
's three-run homer off
highlighted a five-run third inning as the
cruised to a 9-3 triumph over the
, who had their losing streak reach five games.
In Friday's series opener, Braves starter
worked into the seventh inning and added a two-run triple en route to picking up his 12th win in the 7-4 victory. On Saturday, the Reds turned to
- no relation - who had pitched well the last month but saw his fortunes reversed quickly.
With Cincinnati holding a 1-0 lead in the third, Hudson opened the inning by allowing singles to counterpart
. After a flyout moved Sosa to third,
followed with an RBI forceout to tie the game.
However, Hudson (6-7) was not able to stop the bleeding as he yielded an RBI double to
before Francoeur blasted a 2-0 pitch over the right field wall for a 5-1 lead.
"(I) took one the opposite way, finally," said Francoeur, who has 12 homers in his first 46 major league games. "It felt good. I felt like I've been able to see the ball better. If you do that, you're going to be able to hit."
"(Francoeur is) unbelievable," LaRoche said. "I forgot the kind of pop he has. When he first hit it, I thought it was going to be caught. It was 20 feet over the fence."
Hudson, who had won five of his last six starts, was reached for five runs and five hits in three innings. The righthander struggled with his control as well, walking two, uncorking a wild pitch and throwing more balls (29) than strikes (28).
"I was a little impatient," Hudson said. "I haven't had a lot of life on my fastball recently. I was trying to do more than I was capable of doing. We got behind a lot of counts. I left the ball up a little bit too much."
"He had some control problems and didn't keep the ball down," Reds catcher
said. "The main thing was he got behind in the count."
The Braves broke open the game in the sixth against the bullpen as Furcal had a two-run single and
added a two-run double for a 9-3 bulge.
Atlanta scored eight of its runs with two outs.
"Two-out hits are always good," Giles said. "Furcal kept the inning going with the single up the middle. I was fortunate to hit one. It was a good overall team win."
The offense was more than enough for Sosa (10-3), who allowed three runs - two earned - and four hits in five innings. The righthander walked four and struck out four, throwing 53 of 89 pitches for strikes before leaving in the sixth after injuring his hamstring running the bases two innings earlier.
"I'm feeling a strain behind my right hamstring," Sosa said. "But I'm fine. I'll make my next start."
Ken Griffey Jr. had two of just five hits by the Reds, who fell to 2-7 in the season series.
"It just got away from us in two innings," LaRue said. "They scored a bunch of runs and scored some runs when they needed them."