A come-from-behind victory. Nice. Kind of a weird come-from-behind, as the Braves twice got a run more through Pirate weirdness than anything else.
Tim Hudson, in his first start of the year, gave up two runs in the second inning on a bases-loaded double, but managed to hold it there. Limited to five innings (he was on a 100-pitch count and his control was shaky) Hudson allowed six hits and two walks, but struck out six.
Hudson reached on an error with one out in the third, moved to second on a walk, to third on another error, and scored on a Freddie Freeman sac fly. In the fourth, Tyler Pastornicky tied with with a double to score Dan Uggla with two out.
In the fifth, Michael Bourn singled leading off, and Martin Pradoo walked. Brian McCann walked with one out to load the bases, and Uggla walked with the bases loaded to give the Braves the lead. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get any more runs.
Somehow, Chad Durbin continued his recent good work with a 1-2-3 sixth, and Eric O’Flaherty followed with a similar seventh. Prado got the Braves what turned out to be a key insurance run with a homer leading off the seventh.
Jonny Venters gave up a double and a walk in the eighth, but got two strikeouts to get out of it. In the ninth, Craig Kimbrel allowed a one-out double that turned into a run after a wild pitch, but bookended the inning with strikeouts.