Cahill better but not good enough for D-backs
APR 03, 2014 2:26a ET
PHOENIX -- For Trevor Cahill, this loss represented a small step forward.
Hudson (1-0) was making his first start since July 24 after fracturing his right ankle against the Mets while pitching for the Braves. The veteran right-hander had four strikeouts and no walks, and had Arizona hitters pounding the ball into the ground.
"I try and be too perfect with my pitches and tend to get hurt," Cahill said. "The coaching staff told me just to relax and treat the game as if this was another bullpen session."
After allowing eight hits and five runs in four innings against the Dodgers March 23, Cahill's surrendered four hits, two runs and three walks.
"The difference was his ability to command the strike zone," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Yet, the walks hurt him. In a tight game like this one, you can't make mistakes."
Sergio Romo shut down the Diamondbacks in order to record his second save.
The Diamondbacks threatened only twice with Hudson on the mound.
After Hudson retired the first nine hitters, Gerardo Parra led off the fourth with a single to center, moved to second on a wild pitch but was stranded when Paul Goldschmidt struck out and Martin Prado flied to center.
Hudson tossed 103 pitches and improved to 8-1 against Arizona. He is 5-1 at Chase Field.
"I felt good early and the guys made some big plays behind me," Hudson said. "I kept the ball down, keep my pitch count down and threw strikes. If you do that, you can go deep into games."
With his seventh inning double, Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 24 games, tying Tony Womack for second in franchise history behind Luis Gonzalez (30 games).