(Sports Network) - Tim Hudson will try to end the worst winless drought of his
career tonight when he leads the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves against the
Philadelphia Phillies in the middle test of a three-game series.
Hudson is 0-6 over his last 10 starts and hasn't won since May 5 versus the
New York Mets. A week ago, the right-hander gave up five hits and four runs
over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The
Braves won that game, 11-5. Prior to that, Atlanta had scored just nine runs
over the past six games he started.
Hudson is 10-9 with a 3.81 EA in 28 games against the Phillies. He was slated
to pitch Friday's opener, but was scratched with a stiff neck.
The Phillies surely have the right pitcher to face the division leaders
Saturday. Kyle Kendrick has fashioned a 7-1 mark in 19 games (13 starts) with
a 2.86 ERA against Atlanta. His only defeat came July 25, 2008 at Citizens
Kendrick is coming off a 6-1 loss at Los Angeles on Sunday. The right-hander
gave up 10 hits and four runs over six innings.
Last night, Humberto Quintero went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI
in Philadelphia's 5-4 win. Ryan Howard added a solo homer and Ben Revere went
2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Phillies, winners in three of
their last four games.
Cliff Lee (10-2) was charged with four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Lee, who has won his last eight decisions, struck out four without issuing a
"The teams that are ahead you are that much more important because you can
make up ground there," Lee said referring to the Phillies chasing Washington
and Atlanta in the NL East.
Jonathan Papelbon worked a scoreless ninth to earn his 18th save of the
Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and Andrelton Simmons drove in a run for the
Braves, losers in three straight.
"It was a weird game. We haven't played well," Uggla said.
Paul Maholm (9-7) was tagged for five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over
six innings to absorb the loss.
Atlanta won two of three in that early April set and is 14-8 in the past 22
matchups between the NL East foes.
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