Maybe Tim Hudson should concentrate on offense. In the second inning, he had what looked like the big hit in the game — a two-run double to break up a 1-1 tie, following which he scored on a Martin Prado single. Michael Bourn‘s two-run homer in the fourth seemingly put the game away at 6-1 — Hudson is well-known for always winning when he gets that many runs. (Of course, so would almost any decent pitcher.) But in the fifth, he had an old-fashioned episode, and by the time Fredi got him out of there Ryan Howard‘s three-run homer had tied the game.
It stayed even to the seventh, when Dan Uggla had the actual big hit of the game, a bases-clearing double. (This time it was Freddie Freeman who scored from first. Everybody’s doing it! Well, not Brian McCann.) Uggla then scored on an error to make it 10-6. In the eighth, Bourn doubled in Tyler Pastornicky, then scored on Freeman’s groundout to make it 12-6.
Excellent work from the bullpen in 4 2/3 innings; everyone but Cristhian Martinez got a turn. Collectively, they struck out six, walked one, and allowed one hit (off of Eric O’Flaherty). Chad Durbin got the win. As usual, Craig Kimbrel was the best — nine pitches, eight strikes, two strikeouts.