(Sports Network) - Right-hander Tim Hudson aims for a third straight victory
on Friday night when the Atlanta Braves visit PNC Park for the second test of
a four-game weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A 37-year-old Georgia native, Hudson opened the season with a no-decision in
Atlanta's 7-5 defeat of Philadelphia, then won consecutive decisions over the
Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.
In 18 overall innings, he's allowed five runs, but in the last 13 2/3 innings
he's only been scored upon twice, while allowing seven hits and striking out
He's 6-5 in 12 career starts against the Pirates with a 2.90 earned run
average, and is 3-3 in six career starts at PNC Park.
For the Pirates, Dominican lefty Wandy Rodriguez aims for a second victory in
three 2013 outings.
He pitched 6 2/3 innings in a 3-0 defeat of the Chicago Cubs on April 3,
allowing two hits, walking one and striking out six.
Outing No. 2 resulted in a no-decision after Rodriguez pitched 2 1/3 innings
of two-run ball against Arizona in a game the Pirates ultimately won, 5-3.
Rodriguez is 3-3 in 12 lifetime outings - including 11 starts - against the
On Thursday, Evan Gattis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning,
while Justin and B.J. Upton both hit solo home runs as the Braves edged the
Chris Johnson had three hits, including a two-run blast, for the Braves, who
bounced back after their 10-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday
versus Kansas City.
Atlanta starter Julio Teheran gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out
four over five innings. Anthony Varvaro (1-0) tossed two strong innings in
relief to pick up the win.
Garrett Jones had a double and two RBI for the Pirates, while Pedro Alvarez
and Russell Martin each hit solo home runs. Starter Jeff Locke allowed four
runs and walked four over 4 2/3 innings. The lefty also gave up three home
runs on six hits.
Jared Hughes (1-1) was dealt with the loss after lasting 1 1/3 innings and
giving up two runs on two hits, including Gattis' clutch homer.
"The ball didn't sink and he did a good job of getting his hands inside of it
and hitting it hard," Hughes said.
The Pirates won four of seven games between the teams in 2012, while the
Braves took four of six in 2011.
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