Braves 13, Phillies 4

Tim Hudson won’t go through many winless droughts if he is

backed by the kind of run support his Atlanta Braves teammates gave

him on Saturday night.

Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to lead the Braves’ offense

that scored in all but two innings, Hudson pitched seven strong

innings, and Atlanta set season highs for runs and hits in a 13-4

rout of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla also homered for Atlanta, which

amassed 19 hits while snapping a three-game skid. Brian McCann had

four hits, and Simmons was a double shy of the cycle.

Hudson (5-7) allowed one run and five hits to earn his first

victory since May 5. The right-hander had been 0-6 with a 4.50 ERA

in his last 10 starts. He struck out four and didn’t walk a

batter.

”It’s a long time not to get a win,” Hudson said. ”It’s nice

to get on the board in the right column.”

Hudson, who retired the final 11 batters, looked more like the

dominant pitcher who has made three All-Star appearances than the

one who has struggled the last two months.

”I felt real good and it’s nice to get runs early,” Hudson

said. ”The guys came out swinging the bats and had good at-bats.

It was a great night overall for everybody.”

Hudson, who had his start pushed back one day due to neck

stiffness, got 10 runs of offensive support Saturday after having

only 14 combined runs during his winless streak.

”Hudson pitched a great game and gave us seven good innings on

a tough night to pitch,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ”It

was the same old Huddy. We gave him some runs and he shut them

down.”

The Braves scored in every inning except the third and

sixth.

Michael Young homered for Philadelphia, which fell 8 1/2 games

behind the first-place Braves in the NL East.

The Phillies also sustained an injury hit before the game when

the team placed slugger Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list

because of left knee inflammation. Howard will get an MRI in the

next day or two, according to general manager Ruben Amaro.

”That’s a big blow,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.

”His presence means something to us. He’s still a threat.”

Kyle Kendrick (7-6) gave up six runs and 12 hits in five

innings. Kendrick was pitching for the first time since sustaining

a mild concussion last Saturday after being hit on the helmet by a

pitch against the Dodgers.

”They were being real aggressive and I was making not quality

pitches,” Kendrick said.

The Braves jumped in front when Simmons led off the game with a

homer to left field, then went ahead 3-0 on Uggla’s two-run homer

in the second.

Atlanta tacked on a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth,

including Hudson’s RBI single, before Heyward’s three-run homer in

the seventh put Atlanta ahead 10-1.

”A lot of guys swung the bats well,” Gonzalez said. ”We had

good hitting up and down the lineup.”

The Phillies got their runs on Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the

third, Kevin Frandsen’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the eighth, and

Young’s two-run homer in the ninth.

Earlier Saturday, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder

Domonic Brown were named to the All-Star team. Lee, who is making

his fourth appearance, is 10-2 with a 2.73 ERA. Brown entered

Saturday batting .273 with 22 homers and 60 RBIs. He will be making

his first All-Star appearance.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was selected to the team for the

third straight year. He has converted 23 of 26 save opportunities

and is 2-2 with a 1.72 ERA this season. First baseman Freddie

Freeman is one of the final five candidates for the NL squad. Fans

can vote online until Thursday.

NOTES: Atlanta improved to 33-7 when scoring first this season.

… The Phillies called up Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to

take Howard’s place. Ruf entered as a defensive replacement and

singled in the eighth inning before striking out to end the game.

… Braves right-hander Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11) is scheduled to

face Phillies right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99) Sunday in

the conclusion of the three-game set.