Braves rally past Pirates And Enter Into 1st-place tie
The Braves didn’t give Tim Hudson much run support in his first game off the disabled list, failing to take advantage of prime scoring opportunities. But they were up against Pittsburgh, and it doesn’t take much to outscore these Pirates.
“It was exciting,” Hudson said after giving up two runs and six hits in five innings in his season debut, five months and one day after he underwent back surgery.
“You’ve got the big stadium and the fans and major league hitters over there ready to try to knock it down your throat. It was fun,” he said. “It’s great to be back and try to earn my paycheck.”
Martin Prado’s seventh-inning leadoff homer added an important insurance run for the Braves, who won for the 14th time in 18 games despite going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-3 in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with one out.
“First of all, their pitching staff – they’re good,” Prado said. “They don’t give up in that situation where we’ve got the bases loaded. They make the pitch. We got good at-bats, but that’s one of those days where you’re going to take whatever they give you.
“He walked Uggla in that situation, so we knew from there that we had a pretty good shot to win the game.”
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