Uggla's huge night backs Hudson's shutout

Uggla's huge night backs Hudson's shutout

Uggla's huge night backs Hudson's shutout
MIAMI -- Dan Uggla was supposed to shine at Marlins Park, but the Marlins did not plan on that success coming while he was wearing the opponent's colors.

Uggla finished a triple short of the cycle and Tim Hudson threw a complete-game five-hitter as the Braves beat the Marlins, 11-0, before 25,432 fans on Tuesday night.

"Danny and Huddy were outstanding today," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Those two guys did some damage offensively. It was good to see Huddy get his complete game there. He kept his pitch count fairly low. It was a good, well-played game."

The 32-year-old second baseman had a big night against his former team, going 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and five RBIs. Uggla has hit seven home runs in 81 at-bats against his old team, but he insists he does not enjoy facing the Marlins' pitchers.

"It just so happens that I've caught a couple on the barrel," Uggla said. "Even when I was playing behind them, I always thought, 'Man, I'm glad I don't have to face these guys on a regular basis.' Now I do and it's no fun. You really have to get focused because they have so many weapons they can beat you with."

Uggla's solo homer in the fourth sparked a two-out rally against Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez as the Braves scored a pair of runs on four consecutive two-out hits. But Sanchez felt that the rally never should have happened.

"Ask the umpire," Sanchez said. "I'm pretty sure, 0-2, it was, 'Strike him out.'"

Instead, Uggla worked the count full before depositing the ball into the stands above The Clevelander in left field. His second blast was his 200th career homer, and it hit off the home run sculpture beyond the center-field fence, an estimated 432 feet away from home plate.

"This is where I started my career and to get my 200th homer here is awesome," Uggla said. "Here or Atlanta, it would have been great either way."

Hudson turned in his best outing of the season, throwing a five-hit shutout. The right-hander also helped himself by driving in a pair of runs. It was his 25th career complete game and 13th career shutout, but he gave a lot of credit to his defense for his success on the mound on Tuesday.

"They made some great plays behind me," Hudson said. "It was definitely a team effort. I didn't feel particularly great out there but those guys hit them where we were. They laced some balls right at our guys. It's nice to have some luck on my side."

Hudson's win improved his career record against the Marlins to 12-4 and lowered his career ERA against Miami to 2.76 over 146 2/3 innings.

"Tonight was a night where I was bobbing and weaving and I did a really good impression of Houdini," Hudson said. "I know they're probably really frustrated over there because I'm sure they felt this was a night where they could have put some runs on the board, but we played some good defense and I was able to wiggle out of some jams and slop it up there a little bit to get them out."

Atlanta scored four runs in the seventh thanks to key hits from Uggla and rookie Andrelton Simmons, who was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs -- the first three of his career. The rally ended Sanchez's night after he allowed seven runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 4-11 with a 5.42 ERA in his career against the Braves.

Despite the lopsided score, Uggla knows the Marlins are better than what they showed, and he expects the rest of the series to be very competitive.

"This is a tough place to win at," Uggla said. "They've got so much talent on this team that any given night, they can put up a six spot before you can blink your eyes. For us to come in and get the first one of the series, it gives us a chance to sweep. Now we have to come back in concentrated, like we did today."

David Villavicencio is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.