Atlanta (57-40) at Colorado (46-51)

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  • Game info: 8:40 pm EDT Wed Jul 20, 2011
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Tim Hudson(notes) has been outstanding in going unbeaten over his last five starts, but he’s never won at Coors Field.

He’ll try to notch his fifth straight win Wednesday night when the Atlanta Braves continue their four-game road series against the Colorado Rockies.

Hudson (9-6, 3.44 ERA) is 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in five starts since losing 4-0 to the Mets on June 15. He yielded one run over seven innings in Friday’s 11-1 rout of Washington to win his third straight start.

His outing prior to that was a 6-3 home victory over Colorado (46-51) in which he gave up three runs over 7 1-3 innings. That improved the right-hander’s mark to 4-2 with a 4.67 ERA in seven starts versus the Rockies.

None of those victories, however, have come at Coors Field, where he is 0-2 with a 10.20 ERA. Todd Helton(notes) is 9 for 13 with four doubles and five RBIs against him overall.

Atlanta (57-40) is trying to bounce back after losing for the first time in six meetings with Colorado, 12-3 on Tuesday. Dexter Fowler(notes), Troy Tulowitzki(notes) and Seth Smith(notes) all drove in three runs as the Rockies ended a three-game slide.

It was a huge night for the Rockies’ Big Three O’s - Ubaldo, Tulo and CarGo. Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) struck out nine for his third straight win while Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez(notes) both homered.

Jimenez had two strikeouts of Freddie Freeman(notes), who went 1 for 4. Freeman entered the game 10 for 19 against the Rockies with five homers and 10 RBIs.

The Braves played their second straight game without right fielder Jason Heyward(notes), who remained out with a bruised left foot and replaced once again by Nate McLouth(notes). Heyward is day to day.

“(I feel) a lot better than yesterday,” Heyward told the Braves’ official website. “The bone bruise is still pretty bad, but as far as being able to move around, it feels pretty good. I haven’t ran on it yet, but as far as playing, I told him (manager Fredi Gonzalez) I would do whatever. Yesterday I couldn’t push off.”

Dan Uggla(notes) had his first multihomer game for Atlanta with two solo shots. Uggla is batting .341 during an 11-game hitting streak, and he’s 8 for 21 with four homers, five walks and eight runs scored against the Rockies this year.

“They were on tonight,” Uggla said. “The ball flies in this place. That’s why it fun to come here for hitters, not so much for pitchers. I happened to catch a couple.”

Tulowitzki is 5 for 9 with four RBIs in the series for Colorado, and Gonzalez has scored four runs and driven in three.

Rookie Juan Nicasio(notes) (4-2, 4.24) will try to fare better than he did in his first start against Atlanta on July 7. He lasted a season-low 2 1-3 innings and gave up five runs in a 6-3 loss, with Freeman homering off him.

The right-hander was much better Friday night against Milwaukee, yielding four hits in seven innings of a 4-0 home victory.

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158 K 58
56 BB 18
1.14 WHIP 1.27


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