The Atlanta Braves pitcher will try to stay unbeaten against the last-place Padres as the teams meet Sunday afternoon for the final time this season.
Hudson (6-6, 3.73 ERA) didn’t get a decision in the Braves’ 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Padres on May 30, as San Diego remained one of three teams to which he’s never lost. The right-hander is 5-0 versus the Padres, 5-0 against Arizona and 4-0 versus Houston.
Hudson did it all Monday against Toronto. He gave up two hits and fanned eight in eight innings and belted a two-run homer to the lift the Braves to a 2-0 win.
“It’s hard to say there’s anything better,” said Hudson, who’s alternated losses and wins in his last four starts. “Obviously, you (nearly) throw a shutout and hit a homer, you win the game. It was fun, man, It was a lot of fun.”
The Braves certainly enjoyed themselves Saturday night. After being held to four hits and losing by nine in Friday’s series opener, Atlanta (44-34) roared back Saturday with 12 hits in a 10-1 rout of San Diego.
“Anytime you start to get hits as a team, hitting’s contagious,” said second baseman Dan Uggla(notes). “We see somebody hit a line drive, we’re like, ‘Oh man, let me get a bat and I’m going to get up there and do the same thing.’ That’s just one of the things about baseball. You’ve got to go up and be cocky and confident and put your best swing on good pitches.”
Uggla had two hits including a homer, scored three runs and drove in a season-high four. Despite the breakout game, he’s still struggled mightily in his first season with the Braves, batting .180 with 11 homers and 27 RBIs.
Uggla had averaged nearly 31 homers and 93 RBIs with Florida over the previous five seasons, batting .263 in that span.
The Padres’ Alberto Gonzalez(notes) hit his third career homer Saturday and first since April 16, 2009, with Washington. San Diego (33-45) had its three-game winning streak snapped, and lost for the fourth time in five games at Petco Park.
San Diego has the majors’ second-worst home record at 15-27.
Cory Luebke(notes) (1-2, 3.23) will make his first start of the season Sunday after making 29 relief appearances for the Padres. The left-hander has allowed 14 runs and 24 hits with 43 strikeouts in 39 innings, and opponents are hitting .183 against him.
Luebke was charged with the loss Monday in a 14-5 defeat to Boston after allowing two runs and one hit with six strikeouts in 3 1-3 innings. He walked Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) to lead off the seventh, and the Red Sox went on to score 10 times.
“No matter how many pitches you’ve been out there for, you can’t walk the leadoff hitter. I kind of started the mess there,” Luebke said.
His lone win of 2011 came against Atlanta on April 25, when he yielded three hits in two scoreless innings of San Diego’s 5-3 win in 13.
Luebke is 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three career starts, all in 2010.
The Padres and Braves have split eight games this year. San Diego hasn’t taken a season series from Atlanta since going 5-1 in 2005.