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Heyward leads Braves offense in rout of Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm •  Published: July 6, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tim Hudson won't go through many winless droughts if he is backed by the kind of run support his Atlanta Braves teammates gave him on Saturday night.

Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to lead the Braves' offense that scored in all but two innings, Hudson pitched seven strong innings, and Atlanta set season highs for runs and hits in a 13-4 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla also homered for Atlanta, which amassed 19 hits while snapping a three-game skid. Brian McCann had four hits, and Simmons was a double shy of the cycle.

Hudson (5-7) allowed one run and five hits to earn his first victory since May 5. The right-hander had been 0-6 with a 4.50 ERA in his last 10 starts. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

"It's a long time not to get a win," Hudson said. "It's nice to get on the board in the right column."

Hudson, who retired the final 11 batters, looked more like the dominant pitcher who has made three All-Star appearances than the one who has struggled the last two months.

"I felt real good and it's nice to get runs early," Hudson said. "The guys came out swinging the bats and had good at-bats. It was a great night overall for everybody."

Hudson, who had his start pushed back one day due to neck stiffness, got 10 runs of offensive support Saturday after having only 14 combined runs during his winless streak.

"Hudson pitched a great game and gave us seven good innings on a tough night to pitch," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was the same old Huddy. We gave him some runs and he shut them down."

The Braves scored in every inning except the third and sixth.

Michael Young homered for Philadelphia, which fell 8½ games behind the first-place Braves in the NL East.

The Phillies also sustained an injury hit before the game when the team placed slugger Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list because of left knee inflammation. Howard will get an MRI in the next day or two, according to general manager Ruben Amaro.

"That's a big blow," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "His presence means something to us. He's still a threat."

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