Hudson entered last Friday’s start at St. Louis with a 0.96 ERA after his first four outings, but allowed six runs and nine hits over six innings of a 6-5 loss—just his third defeat in 80 career decisions when his team scored at least four runs for him.
“Unfortunately, I wasted a great offensive night by my team,” he said.
The Braves are hoping Hudson can give a solid effort after their 11-6 defeat in Tuesday’s series opener.
Carlos Delgado and Miguel Cabrera each homered and had four RBIs, as the Marlins overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a five runs in the third and three more in the seventh—all scoring after the Braves retired the first two hitters of the inning.
Mike Hampton lost for the first time this season, and just the second time in 16 decisions dating to July 4.
“That’s why they have three outs in an inning,” he said. “I was one pitch away from getting out of everything. But I was unable to get that pitch.”
The Marlins pulled out to a one-game lead over the Braves in the division race.
“We wanted to show them who’s the boss in our division, so to speak,” Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles said. “Obviously, we didn’t do that tonight.”
It’ll be even harder on Wednesday, as Hudson faces the Marlins’ A.J. Burnett for the second time this season.
Burnett has allowed just two earned runs in each of his five starts this season, including two complete games. In his last outing, he allowed two runs and five hits over seven strong innings of a 6-4 win at Philadelphia, striking out eight and walking just one.
Since Aug. 24 of last year, Burnett is 7-1 with a 2.11 ERA, with 69 strikeouts in 68 1-3 innings spanning 10 starts. He’s also limiting opponents to a .187 average during that stretch.