Hudson Pitches Braves Past Giants 5-2

Our Tim was better than their Tim today.

Tim Hudson battled back from two poor outings and came within one out of his first complete game since 2008 in the Braves' victory over a wild Tim Lincecum and the Giants, 5-2.

The Giants scored against Hudson early, but he managed to keep the damage to a minimum. In the second inning, Pat Burrell doubled with one out and scored on a Cody Ross single. Burrell's double was the first of his three hits in the game.

While Hudson kept the Giants at bay, the Braves' bats went to work against Tim Lincecum, who was unusually wild. With one out in the third, Nate McLouth singled and Hudson walked for Martin Prado; he promptly delivered a single to left to tie the game. Prado struck again in the fifth, delivering an RBI single with two outs to score McLouth who had walked with one out.

Lincecum finally caved in the seventh. He surrendered a leadoff double to Alex Gonzalez and issued a second walk to McLouth. Following a sacrifice bunt, Prado again delivered with help from the Giants' defense. He smacked a ground ball to Freddy Sanchez and with the infield in, Sanchez threw home, but the throw was off allowing Gonzalez to score Atlanta's third run. Once Lincecum walked Jason Heyward, it was the end of the game for him, but the Braves continued their onslaught. With two outs and Javier Lopez pitching, Brian McCann lined a single to center to score Prado and Heyward.

The Giants attempted a comeback in the ninth. After Pat Burrell's second double of the game and a Cody Ross single to start the inning, Miguel Tejada drove in Burrell with a deep sacrifice fly. Craig Kimbrel entered his third straight game with two outs and retired Buster Posey for the final out to earn his sixth save.

Lincecum entered the game having only walked seven batters total in his four previous starts, but walked six in his 6.1 innings. The six walks are a new high for Lincecum in a single game.

The Braves go for the sweep tomorrow: Beachy vs. Sanchez

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