It wasn’t that close, and the Braves were rarely really in danger of another one-run loss, much less winning. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first, then scored four runs in the third to essentially put it away. It was 6-0 in the fifth, and Hudson was pulled. Hudson is great most of the time, but every few starts doesn’t have it, and this was one of those times.
The Braves didn’t even get a hit until the fifth. They scored two in the sixth, but Ridgway, who will probably be sent down tonight, immediately allowed a run to make it 7-2. McCann hit a three-run homer in the eighth to cut it to two, but that was it. Brandon Jones doubled leading off the ninth, but couldn’t score him or get the tying run on; Bobby bizarrely hit Greg Norton, who can’t hit at all, for Gregor Blanco, who can’t hit much, and Norton grounded out.
Chipper was 0-2 and walked twice; he’s now at an even .400. The Braves had just five hits. Francoeur sucks and was 0-4 with three strikeouts.