Hudson looks to post just his second victory of the year as the Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle game of their series at Turner Field.
He has allowed one run or less in each of his first three starts for the Braves, but has just one win to show for it. In his last start, as he tossed nine scoreless innings on Monday at Houston, but didn’t figure in the 1-0, 10-inning victory.
The right-hander hopes to benefit from the team’s apparent offensive resurgence.
Marcus Giles hit his first home run of the season and Andruw Jones snapped his career-worst 0-for-28 hitless streak when his run-scoring double capped the Braves’ three-run third inning as Atlanta, 15th in the NL in runs scored, beat Philadelphia 6-2 Friday.
“We’ve been pressing offensively,” Giles said. “Everybody has been struggling.”
Mike Hampton shut down the Philadelphia Phillies for 8 2-3 innings, and the Braves, who scored only seven runs while going 2-4 in their last six games, scored their most runs since an 11-4 win at Philadelphia on April 15.
Hampton came within one out of his first complete game since May 2004, allowing seven hits in 8 2-3 innings. Dan Kolb got the final out for his sixth save, striking out pinch-hitter Jim Thome with the bases loaded.
The Phillies’ Brett Myers had an 0.44 ERA before Friday night—second-best in the league behind Roger Clemens’ 0.43—but Atlanta reached him for six hits, four walks and four runs to the Braves in six innings.
“Myers has been one of the toughest guys in baseball, so that’s got to be a big confidence boost for us,” Hampton said.
The Phillies have lost three of four, and are hoping left-hander Randy Wolf can reverse his struggles against the Braves in his career to get the team back on a winning track.
The lefty is 4-8 with a 4.29 ERA in 18 games against Atlanta, his second-worst record against any opponent. Only his 2-11 mark against the Marlins is worse.