Hey, that’s the score for the series, too!
With Marcus Giles joining the wounded last night, and McCann taking an off day after a night game, the Braves needed a strong effort from Tim Hudson. They got it. Hudson took a perfect game into the sixth and a shutout into the ninth; he managed to hold on for a three-hit complete game win.
Andruw, unsurprisingly, provided the only earned run the Braves would get with a seventh-inning solo homer. The Braves got only four hits, but managed to score another run in the eighth courtesy of two Wright errors — one allowing Tony Pena to reach in the only way he’s likely to, followed by another on a Betemit grounder to score him.
Pena did make some nice defensive plays, but Matt Diaz had the big one, throwing out Ramon Castro at the plate to end the sixth after a two-base Jordan error gave them runners second and third, one out. Francoeur had two hits, the only hits the Braves got before Andruw’s homer.
A much needed day off leads into a three-game series at Washington. Smoltz faces Billy Traber (who?) in the opener.