Tim Hudson’s return to the Bay Area could not be going any better.
The right-hander looks to open 3-0 in as many starts for the first time in his 16-year career Sunday when the San Francisco Giants conclude their home series with the Colorado Rockies.
Hudson (2-0, 1.15 ERA), who spent his first six seasons starring across the bay for Oakland before playing the next nine in Atlanta, has allowed two earned runs and 10 hits while striking out 11 without a walk in 15 2-3 innings with San Francisco (7-5) – both versus Arizona.
"Definitely I’ll take these first two starts," said Hudson, who signed a $23 million, two-year contract in November.
In his home debut Tuesday, Hudson gave up those runs in eight innings of a 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. It was his longest outing since going eight on June 26, 2012, for Hudson, who has worked his way back from a broken ankle suffered July 24 that ended his 2013 season and time in Atlanta.
"It’s been a long road for me to get here," said Hudson, who has a 2.42 ERA while winning his last six starts. "I’m just thrilled to be back out there pitching and competing, feeling somewhat healthy. I couldn’t ask for a better start to the year."
Hudson, who went 3-0 over his first six starts in 2007, is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA in his last seven versus Colorado (6-6).
He’ll try to help the Giants bounce back from a 1-0 defeat Saturday. Teammate Matt Cain allowed a Troy Tulowitzki sacrifice fly in the third and all four Colorado hits over seven innings, but five Rockies relievers held the Giants to two hits after starter Brett Anderson left with a bruised index finger following three innings of work.
San Francisco, which averaged 5.5 runs coming into Saturday’s contest, was held to three hits.
Colorado’s bullpen has pitched 13 2-3 scoreless innings in three games since giving up nine runs in 2 2-3 frames of a 15-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
"Our bullpen’s real good, especially coming into that spot where our starter gets taken out by a freak injury," said Tommy Kahnle, who earned the win with two innings pitched. "Really it’s just a big spot by us."
Charlie Blackmon had two hits for the Rockies, who have three wins in 17 games at San Francisco and last won a series there in 2010.
Batting .500 (19 for 38) on the season, Blackmon is 6 for 9 in the last three games. He’s 4 for 5 with a double versus Hudson.
Teammate Carlos Gonzalez went 0 for 4 after batting .375 while hitting safely in his first 10 games of 2013.
Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood, who allowed one run in 11 2-3 innings while going 2-0 against the Giants last season, will come off the disabled from a strained hamstring to make his 2014 debut Sunday.
The right-hander went 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 20 starts last year.
San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval is 3 for 9 with a homer versus Chatwood, but is batting .152 (7 for 46) with 11 strikeouts in 12 games this season.