That’s more like it. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first on Andruw’s homer with Chipper on board. Then Chipper came back with a 2-run homer of his own to make it 4-0 in the third, then the Braves piled on with three more in the inning to take a big lead, more than enough for Tim Hudson.
Hudson allowed a double to score a run in the fourth, and a solo homer in the sixth. You don’t want him allowing homers, but in this situation a homer is in some ways better than a walk — with a big lead, you want the pitcher going after the hitters, and that he did. He struck out seven and walked only one in seven innings, exactly what you like to see with a big lead. He wasn’t extraordinarily efficient (109 pitches, but 71 strikes) but nothing out of line. He finally gets his ERA under 4 — if only to 3.99.
Andruw wound up with three hits, three runs scored, and three RBI. Nice symmetry. Chipper had a triple and a walk to go with his homer. All the regulars had hits except, unusually, Renteria.
Villareal, who sucks, came in to allow a walk, a double, and a run in the eighth; one of the only two relievers I have any confidence in, McBride, got a strikeout to end the inning. The other, Ray, for some reason pitched the ninth — maybe because any of the other relievers is perfectly capable of giving up three or four runs to make it a save situation. He got a strikeout.
The D-Backs come to town next, if their game with the Mets ever ends.