Atlanta starter Tim Hudson is doing his best to help the Braves win their 14th straight division title.
Fresh off his first complete game of the season, Hudson looks to turn in another strong outing as the Braves wrap up their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Hudson outdueled the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano on Monday, allowing seven hits in a 4-2 win over Chicago. The complete game was his first since Aug. 17, 2004.
“I had a really good (split-fingered fastball) and a good sinker,” he said. “It feels like I’m getting more into a groove. It’s the first time in a long time that I had a really good splitter.”
Hudson, who struck out five and walked one, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in an offseason trade. He is 3-1 in his last four starts and has lasted at least seven innings in five of his last six games.
“Huddy had his ‘A’ game going tonight,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He can’t possibly throw any better than he threw tonight. He made just one or two mistakes the whole ballgame.”
The Braves beat the Brewers 8-4 on Saturday for their fourth win in six games. Chipper Jones hit a tying two-run single in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run for Atlanta, which tied its season high with 17 hits.
The Braves increased their lead in the National League East to 3 1/2 games over second-place Philadelphia, which lost 2-0 to Arizona on Saturday.
Geoff Jenkins and Bill Hall each hit two-run homers for the Brewers, who lost for the second time in five games. The Brewers failed to move back to .500 for the first time since Aug. 7, when they were 56-56.