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Marlins get help and get the better of Hudson

Jun 5, 2007 - 3:30 AM ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Thanks to some shoddy defense by the Atlanta Braves, the Florida Marlins finally got to Tim Hudson.

Florida took advantage of two Atlanta defensive miscues and Aaron Boone drove in two runs in a four-run fifth inning to power the Marlins to a 6-4 win over the Braves on Monday in the opener of a four-game series.

Hudson has dominated the Marlins and entered Monday 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA in nine career starts against Florida, allowing just 14 earned runs in 60 frames.

But the Marlins changed that on by pounding out six runs and seven hits off Hudson (6-4) to defeat him for the first time in 10 tries.

"We ruined his night," Boone said. "You talk to any hitter, they'll tell you that any night Tim Hudson's going, it's not going to be a lot of fun. For us to take advantage of some bounces, this is a big one. He's one of the best in the league."

Florida was the beneficiary of some uncharacteristically bad Atlanta defense and wildness from Hudson in a four-run fifth inning.

Reggie Abercrombie singled to start the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Hudson issued a walk to Alfredo Amezaga and Dan Uggla plated Abercrombie with a single. Uggla and Abercrombie advanced a base on a fielding error by Atlanta left fielder Willie Harris.

After Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases, Miguel Cabrera plated Amezaga with a sacrifice fly to give the Marlins a 4-3 edge.

Hudson appeared to get out of the frame by striking out Jeremy Hermida, but Hermida reached after Atlanta catcher Brian McCann could not block a wild pitch by Hudson.

"I was trying to check my swing," Hermida said. "I followed the ball and it scooted away. Fortunately, it got enough away from him and I got on."

Aaron Boone followed by plating Uggla and Ramirez on the next pitch with a single to give the Marlins a 6-3 advantage.

"I was trying to get a ball up," Boone said. "He left a slider up. I didn't hit it real good, but got enough of it."

"At this level, giving teams an extra out hurts you," Hudson said. "I've got to do a better job of picking some guys up when things don't go well in the inning. It seemed like everything that could go wrong did tonight."

Hudson allowed six runs - five earned - and seven hits while walking three with five strikeouts in six frames en route to dropping his third decision in his last four games.

"I felt like we should have won this ballgame," Hudson said. "I didn't make pitches when I needed to."

Wes Obermueller (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak by yielding three runs and eight hits in five frames. Pitching on three days rest, the righty struck out five and walked three en route to notching his first win since April 22 vs. Washington.

Taylor Tankersley tossed a scoreless sixth and recorded the first out of the seventh. Matt Lindstrom finished the frame ahead of Armando Benitez, who worked a scoreless eighth. Kevin Gregg allowed a home run to Edgar Renteria in the ninth but still recorded his eighth save.

Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two out single by Brian McCann. Hudson helped himself at the plate with a two-out RBI double in the third to give Atlanta a 2-1 edge.

But it was poor Atlanta defense that sealed Atlanta's fate in this one.

Cabrera lead off the second with a drive down the right field line, which right fielder Jeff Francouer made an ill-advised dive on and the ball got past him for a triple. Cabrera later scored on a single by Hermida.

In the third, Uggla lofted a fly ball into the right field corner, which the Atlanta right fielder midjudged into a double. Uggla advanced to third on a single and scored on a fielding error by Francoeur.

"Those two errors kind of hurt us, the one by me and the one by Francoeur," Harris said. "Both errors were mental errors. Both errors were trying to stop runs. They were aggressive errors. But if you are going to make them, make them at 110-percent."

Rookie Yunel Escobar collected four hits and smashed his first major league homer in the fourth for the Braves, who have lost four straight at Turner Field.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 7 0
    ATLANTA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 12 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: FLA - WES OBERMUELLER, TAYLOR TANKERSLEY (6TH), MATT LINDSTROM
    (7TH), ARMANDO BENITEZ (8TH), KEVIN GREGG (9TH) AND MIGUEL
    OLIVO
    ATL - TIM HUDSON, PETER MOYLAN (7TH

    Jun 4 9:49 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY EDGAR RENTERIA (8) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF KEVIN GREGG.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6, ATLANTA 4
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: B MCCANN (.288, 3-FOR-4, RBI)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 9:47 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AARON BOONE SCORED DAN UGGLA AND HANLEY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6
    ATLANTA 3 END TOP, 5TH

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 8:36 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED ALFREDO AMEZAGA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, H RAMIREZ ON FIRST, D UGGLA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 4
    ATLANTA 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J HERMIDA (.240, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 8:31 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAN UGGLA SCORED REGGIE ABERCROMBIE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D UGGLA ON SECOND, A AMEZAGA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    ATLANTA 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.316, 1-FOR-2)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 8:24 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY YUNEL ESCOBAR (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF WES OBERMUELLER.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2, ATLANTA 3
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: T HUDSON (.185, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 8:05 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JEFF FRANCOEUR ALLOWED DAN UGGLA TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H RAMIREZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2
    ATLANTA 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.322, 1-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 7:46 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TIM HUDSON SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HUDSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    ATLANTA 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: K JOHNSON (.298, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 7:35 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEREMY HERMIDA SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HERMIDA ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    ATLANTA 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: A BOONE (.271, 3 HR, 17 RBI)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 7:22 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN MCCANN SCORED WILLIE HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B MCCANN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    ATLANTA 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: A JONES (.230, 9 HR, 38 RBI)

    Marlins vs. BravesJun 4 7:17 PM