Braves 3, Giants 0

Tim Hudson made it sound so simple.

”I located my sinker really well, changed speeds with my

cutter,” he said. ”Change their eye level as much as I can. Stay

down in the zone other than that.”

No big deal at all, just another victory for the tough


Hudson had everything working Saturday night, throwing eight

dominant innings to help the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco

Giants 3-0 on Saturday night.

Billy Wagner, who blew a save opportunity in Atlanta’s 3-2,

11-inning loss to the Giants on Friday night, finished for his 27th

save in 33 chances, striking out the side.

Hudson (13-5) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six,

improving to 4-0 with a sparkling 0.63 ERA in his last four starts.

He is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last five starts against the

Giants, dating to 2006.

”It’s funny,” Hudson said. ”Chipper (Jones) told me before

the game, ‘You’re going to have three runs to play with. Make it


Troy Glaus hit a two-run single in a three-run fourth for the NL

East-leading Braves, who have won three of four to improve to 38-15

at home, best in the majors.

Matt Cain (9-9) allowed six hits in five innings for San

Francisco, which has dropped three of four. Cain was 3-0 with 1.52

ERA in his previous four starts.

”Matt pitched well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”He was

a pitch away from getting out of that inning.”

The Braves got all the runs they needed in the fourth. Glaus’

two-out hit with the bases loaded drove in Jason Heyward and Jones.

Rick Ankiel followed with an RBI double.

”(Glaus) just beat me,” Cain said. ”There’s not much you can

do when you make the pitch you want to make and he still hits it.

It was a fastball, down and away.”

Hudson got into a bit of a trouble in the seventh when he walked

Aubrey Huff and hit Buster Posey with a pitch with two out. But he

responded by getting Juan Uribe to bounce into a fielder’s


With a runner on third and one out in the eighth, Hudson struck

out Aaron Rowand and retired pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa on a

harmless grounder to second to end the inning.

”I would much rather have double plays throughout the game,”

Hudson said, ”than (strike) out a bunch of guys.”

Hudson improved to 130-2 in 155 career starts when his team

scores at least three runs while he’s still in the game. He is 6-2

with a 1.73 ERA in eight starts since losing 4-2 at the Chicago

White Sox on June 23.

”He was in complete control,” Jones said. ”Command, all

night, from the get-go. It’s no wonder that we play some of our

best defensive games behind him because he doesn’t walk anybody. He

keeps us on our toes. He hits his spots and allows us to be in the

right spots to make the plays.”

Hudson got some help from his defense in the fourth. On Juan

Uribe’s hard grounder, shortstop Alex Gonzalez dove hard to his

left and used his glove to scoop the ball to second baseman Omar

Infante, who turned the double play.

”I just love watching him play short,” Braves manager Bobby

Cox said. ”I don’t know who does that.”

Atlanta has dropped just one series this year, April 20-22

against Philadelphia, at Turner Field. The Braves can win this set

with a victory Sunday.

NOTES: Atlanta rookie LHP Mike Minor, the seventh overall draft

pick of 2009, will make his starting debut Monday at Houston. The

Braves purchased his contract from Triple-A Gwinnett. RHP Kenshin

Kawakami was optioned to Gwinnett. … Posey, who grew up in

Leesburg, Ga., ended a 0-for-9 slide in the series with his

fifth-inning single.