The Atlanta Braves own of one of the NL’s best records thanks to their ability to bounce back from defeats.
The Braves (18-11) look to avoid rare consecutive losses when they wrap up a three-game series with the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers (18-12) on Sunday.
“It was a tough game, pretty well played on both sides,” Hudson told the team’s official Web site. “We just came up a little bit short.”
Hudson allowed three runs and seven hits over eight innings but the Braves only managed a run and four hits over that span, and fell one game behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.
Atlanta, which is looking to get back to the playoffs after having its streak of 14 straight division titles end last year, has lost only one series this season—dropping two of three to Florida late last month. The Braves haven’t lost consecutive games since April 12-13 to Washington and Florida, respectively.
Kyle Davies (0-1, 6.75 ERA), who again is seeking his first victory, starts for the Braves.
After struggling in his last two starts—both on the road—the right-hander returns home where he’s had slightly better success.
In two starts at Turner Field, Davies has allowed six runs and 10 hits 12 innings. On the road, he’s also started twice, but has been reached for nine runs and 11 hits with 11 walks in eight innings.
He didn’t get a decision in a 9-7 loss in 11 innings to Colorado last Sunday. This will be his first start against the Dodgers.
Chipper Jones went 0-for-3 on Saturday and is hitless in six at-bats after a 12-game hitting streak. He’ll try to end his slump against Sunday’s starter Randy Wolf (3-3, 5.05), against whom he’s batting .342 (13-for-38) with three home runs and four doubles.
After winning three straight starts, Wolf now is trying to avoid losing his third in a row.
He has given up 11 runs and 16 hits over 11 2-3 innings in his last two outings. He had has worst start of the year in a 9-1 loss to Arizona on Monday when he yielded season highs of six runs, 10 hits and four walks in just 5 2-3.
“I didn’t pitch well,” said Wolf, who is 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA in 21 games versus the Braves and hasn’t defeated them since Sept. 9, 2003. “I’ve just got to keep on grinding and getting better.”
The left-hander did not earn a decision in either of his two starts against Atlanta last season, allowing eight runs in 7 1-3 innings.
Saturday’s win was Los Angeles’ fifth in eight games after a season-high four-game slide.
Former Brave Wilson Betemit, normally the Dodgers’ starting third baseman, responded to being benched my manager Grady Little with a pinch homer in the eighth inning.
“I know I can play here,” said Betemit, who was hitting only .125 with no homers. “I don’t have to put my head down, just come here and work hard.”