PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves delivers a pitch during the second inning of a MLB baseball game on September 23, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Tim Hudson had one of his best games of the year, besting Cliff Lee in the finale of their three-game series with Phillies by allowing just two hits and pitching into the eighth inning. He earned his 16th win of the season in the process, helping the Braves earn a 2-1 victory.
Atlanta struck first against Lee in the second inning when David Ross hammered a one-out home run to center. Two singles and an error in the third inning loaded the bases for the Braves in the third for Dan Uggla, and he hit a deep sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
The offense managed no more after that. Braves hitters were hitless in eight tries with runners in scoring position against Lee, earning nine hits overall. Lee struck out 11 Braves in eight innings and did not issue a walk.
Meanwhile, Hudson cruised along, holding the Phillies to just a pair of singles through five innings but his sixth-inning error led to their only run. With Jimmy Rollins at first following a leadoff walk, a wild pickoff throw from Hudson allowed him to move to second. Juan Pierre sacrificed him to third and then Chase Utley hit a sacrifice fly to right that Jason Heyward made a nice diving catch on.
Hudson exited the game with one out in the eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel polished off the Phillies in the ninth for the win.