The Sports Kings: Braves Blast D’backs 8-1…

Tim Hudson answered manager Fredi Gonzalez’s call for improved starts from Atlanta’s rotation and the Braves opened their longest homestand of the season by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Hudson (6-3) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings. He had seven strikeouts.

Freddie Freeman had three hits and drove in two runs, Chipper Jones also had three hits and Michael Bourn cracked a first-inning homer for Atlanta, which had 17 hits.

Arizona right-hander Daniel Hudson (3-2) left in the second inning with tightness in his right forearm. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings.

Jason Kubel hit a third-inning homer for Arizona, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

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