Hudson struggles but beats Mets again
FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) --
New York Mets
for the third time this season, but it wasn't easy.
Hudson labored through six innings and tied a career high by allowing three homers, but was the beneficiary of a controversial call as the
posted a 7-4 triumph over the Mets.
Hudson was 2-0 in three previous starts against the Mets, allowing just two runs in 22 innings, but he wasn't as sharp Saturday. The righthander surrendered four runs and six hits while walking four but still won for the fifth time in his last six decisions.
"It was one of those games that was all bend and no break," Hudson said. "That was the tightest zone I ever had, but you have to deal with it."
Hudson (13-8) walked three straight batters with two outs in the first, but may have caught a break when center fielder
made a shoestring catch on a line drive by
with the bases loaded to end the inning.
"It was close, but I had it. You don't trap balls with your hand like that," said Jones, pointing to his palm facing upward. "When I came up there was no dirt or grass on the ball."
Television replays showed that the ball may have been short-hopped by Jones.
"I thought it (bounced)," Piazza said. "I think there was some indecision there. I don't think (first base umpire Rob Drake) had the best angle, but maybe Andruw gets the benefit of the doubt."
"I guess he disguised it well," Hudson added.
hit a two-run homer and tied a career high with four hits for the NL East-leading Braves, who won for just the second time in their last six games.
"The hits are nice, but the important thing for me is I was hitting the ball hard," said LaRoche, who struck out three times against
on Friday night. "I had a rough night and I had to correct things."
The Mets, who lost for the 16th time in their last 20 games, put the first two runners on base in the seventh but failed to score.
recorded the final out of the seventh to preserve a 6-4 edge, retired the side in order in the eighth, and
worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 16 opportunities.
(1-3) lasted six innings and allowed five runs - two earned - with three walks and four strikeouts.
The Braves scored three unearned runs in the first.
singled with one out, stole second and scored when Jones reached on a throwing error by third baseman
. LaRoche followed with his 17th homer to right field.
"I tried to pick David up after the error and I wasn't able to do it," Trachsel said.
The Braves increased their lead to 5-0 in the third on a two-run single by
, who drove in his third run with a single in the ninth.
tied a career high with his 31st homer when he connected for a two-run blast in the third for New York, and Piazza and
led off the fourth with back-to-back homers. The homer by Jacobs, his second in as many games, cleared the back wall of the bullpen in right field and was estimated at 460 feet.
It was the sixth time Hudson has allowed three homers and the first since May 19, 2002 for Oakland against Toronto.
"He was just off today," Braves manager
said. "Those homers weren't cheapies."
Giles homered in the seventh off
to give the Braves a 6-4 edge.