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May 27, 2010 - 4:37 AM By MIKE LIPKA STATS Writer

Atlanta (23-22) at Florida (24-22), 7:10 p.m. EDT

An enlivened offense is one big reason the Atlanta Braves have one of the majors' best records in May.

Tim Hudson is another.

The resurgent right-hander looks to cap his brilliant month by winning a fifth straight decision Thursday night as the Braves finish their road trip and decide their three-game set with the Florida Marlins.

Atlanta (24-22) ranked 25th in the majors in runs (85) and 29th in batting average (.227) during April, but the club's 128 runs in May are more than any other NL team.

The Braves bounced back from consecutive losses by beating Florida 7-3 on Wednesday, scoring six runs in the seventh inning to improve to 15-8 this month - second only to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Even struggling shortstop Yunel Escobar chipped in, singling twice in the seventh to snap an 0-for-15 slump and raise his average to .188.

"This might be the game that sparks everything and helps me move forward," Escobar said. "I know the team counts on my offensive production."

Having Hudson (5-1, 2.09 ERA) on the mound has made things even tougher for opponents. The 34-year-old made only seven starts last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he's quickly returned to form in 2010.

Hudson has allowed a total of two runs and 12 hits in 22 innings while winning his last three starts, and he's 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in five May outings. He limited Pittsburgh to three hits in eight innings of a 7-0 win Friday night.

"My sinker feels really good, and for me that's the key," Hudson said. "Stay down in the zone with it, (get) good action, stay on top of it, (with) good downward tilt. It's a fun day when I'm able to go out and do that."

Hudson is 8-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 15 career starts against Florida, including a 6-1 record in Miami.

The Braves have won both previous meetings between Hudson and Ricky Nolasco, who lost four of his first five decisions against Atlanta but has won his last two.

Nolasco (4-3, 4.50) may still be especially careful with the middle of Atlanta's lineup. Chipper Jones and Brian McCann each have four homers off him, with Jones going 11 for 26 and McCann 10 for 31.

Nolasco will be trying to bounce back from his worst outing of the year. The right-hander allowed eight runs and 10 hits - including two homers - in 5 1-3 innings of Friday's 8-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

"I left some pitches up and they didn't miss them," Nolasco said.

The Marlins (24-23) also didn't offer him any support in that start, and their offense has been inconsistent lately. In their last six games, they've averaged 1.5 runs in four losses and 9.5 runs in two victories.

Florida has also had problems with its bullpen in this series. Closer Leo Nunez struggled to finish Tuesday's game, allowing two runs and three hits in the ninth inning of the 6-4 win, and three different relievers combined to allow all six runs in Wednesday's seventh inning.

"We just couldn't get through that seventh inning," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.








  • Marlins 3, Braves 8 - FINAL
    ATLANTA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    M Prado 2b 6 1 3 2 0 0 0 .313
    J Heyward rf 5 2 1 0 1 1 4 .287
    C Jones 3b 4 0 2 1 2 0 0 .227
    E Hinske lf-1b 5 0 0 0 0 2 6 .333
    T Glaus 1b 3 1 1 0 2 1 1 .267
    N McLouth cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190
    M Cabrer

    May 27 11:59 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO DAVID ROSS SCORED TROY GLAUS
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D ROSS ON FIRST, Y ESCOBAR ON SECOND, M
    CABRERA ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 8
    FLORIDA 3 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: T SAITO (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Braves 8, Marlins 3  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 27 11:31 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED JASON HEYWARD
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, T GLAUS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 7
    FLORIDA 3 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: Y ESCOBAR (.200, 2-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Braves 7, Marlins 3  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 27 11:26 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY ERIC HINSKE SCORED MARTIN PRADO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HEYWARD ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6
    FLORIDA 3 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: T GLAUS (.267, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Braves 6, Marlins 3  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 27 11:22 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED CHRIS COGHLAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H RAMIREZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    FLORIDA 3 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.289, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Braves 5, Marlins 3  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 27 11:00 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YUNEL ESCOBAR SCORED MELKY CABRERA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y ESCOBAR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    FLORIDA 2 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: D ROSS (.243, 1-FOR-2, SAC, RBI)

    Braves 5, Marlins 2  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 27 10:52 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARTIN PRADO SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M PRADO ON FIRST, O INFANTE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 4
    FLORIDA 2 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J HEYWARD (.291, 1-FOR-3)

    Braves 4, Marlins 2  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 27 10:29 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RICKY NOLASCO SCORED CODY ROSS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R NOLASCO ON FIRST, C MAYBIN ON SECOND, R
    PAULINO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    FLORIDA 2 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C COGHLAN (.216, 1-FOR-2)

    Braves 3, Marlins 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 27 8:27 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARTIN PRADO SCORED DAVID ROSS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M PRADO ON FIRST, T HUDSON ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    FLORIDA 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J HEYWARD (.293, 1-FOR-2)

    Braves 3, Marlins 1  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 27 8:13 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVID ROSS SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ROSS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    FLORIDA 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: T HUDSON (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 2, Marlins 1  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 27 8:10 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JORGE CANTU SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CANTU ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.278, 12 HR, 31 RBI)

    Braves 1, Marlins 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 27 7:27 PM


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


    CURRENT PITCHERS: ATL - TIM HUDSON
    FLA - RICKY NOLASCO

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C COGHLAN (.212, 2 HR, 12 RBI)
    G SANCHEZ (.276, 4 HR, 21 RBI)
    H RAMIREZ (.305, 8 HR, 25 RBI)

    Braves 1, Marlins 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 27 7:19 PM
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