Hudson tosses gem, silences Rockies en route to 2-0 win |

Hudson tosses gem, silences Rockies en route to 2-0 win

ATLANTA ” Tim Hudson pitched the second one-hitter of his career and drove in the first Atlanta run, leading the Braves past the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Monday night.

Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings had the only hit off Hudson, a single to right with two outs in the third inning. The Braves right-hander retired the last 17 Colorado hitters.

Hudson (2-2) got off to a rough start this season, allowing 11 runs over eight innings in his first two appearances. But he turned things around with a three-hitter against the New York Mets on April 19, and pitched even better against the Rockies for his second complete game of the season. He walked three, struck out five and threw 103 pitches.

The right-hander shut down a team that was leading the NL with a .290 average, though it helped that he didn’t have to face slugging first baseman Todd Helton, who will begin an injury rehab assignment in the minors on Tuesday after recovering from an intestinal problem.

Hudson’s other one-hitter came nearly six years ago while he was pitching for Oakland. He shut out the Chicago White Sox 3-0 on Aug. 28, 2000.

Jennings (1-2) certainly pitched well enough to win, allowing seven hits and both Atlanta runs in seven innings.

Second baseman Marcus Giles drove in the Braves’ other run and made a stellar defensive play on a liner up the middle to end the third.

The Braves jumped ahead with a two-out rally in the second. Brian McCann singled to right, Ryan Langerhans walked and Hudson dumped an RBI single into center field.

Hudson contributed to the Braves’ other run as well. Langerhans singled with one out and moved to second on the pitcher’s sacrifice bunt. Giles followed with a single to left that drove in Langerhans.

The Rockies couldn’t do anything against Hudson. Their only serious threat came in the fourth, when Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins drew consecutive walks with one out. Hudson struck out Brad Hawpe and got Jason Smith on a liner to Giles.

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