ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Hudson was Atlanta's stopper again. Hudson stopped another losing skid, pitching seven scoreless innings and hitting a two-run single to lead the Braves past the Colorado Rockies 6-4 Saturday night.
Hudson made his 12th start following an Atlanta loss. The Braves are 10-and-2 in those games. This time, Hudson stopped a two-game losing streak, allowing the Braves to pull to within four and one-half games of the New York Mets in the NL East. Hudson (12-5) gave up only five hits and two walks and struck out seven.
Hudson is 6-and-0 with two no-decisions in his last eight starts. His last loss was a 4-0 decision to Boston on June 19th -- also the date of his last home run allowed. The Rockies rallied with Garrett Atkins' grand slam off reliever Octavio Dotel in the eighth. Dotel loaded the bases on Yorvit Torrealba's double, shortstop Yunel Escobar's throwing error on Cory Sullivan's grounder and Kaz Matsui's walk.
Atkins cleared the bases with the drive into the seats in left-center. Rafael Soriano recorded the final two outs in the eighth.
Bob Wickman got three outs for his 18th save in 23 chances.
Matt Diaz hit a home run and scored three runs and Willie Harris had two hits and drove in two runs for Atlanta.