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Braves Defeat Reds Behind Strong Performance From Tim Hudson

The Braves split their two-game series with the Reds on Tuesday night, claiming a 6-2 victory. Tim Hudson put forth his best start of the season -- he allowed just two runs over seven innings of work -- and the offense battered Johnny Cueto, who entered the game with a perfect record of 4-0.

Brian McCann got things going early for Atlanta with a solo homer in the sixth, his first in nearly two weeks. Martin Prado and Chipper Jones hit back-to-back RBI-singles in the third inning, and Prado came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Dan Uggla. Jason Heyward then broke the game wide open with an RBI-double to center field to give the Braves a 5-0 lead. Prado added yet another run with an RBI-single in the fourth.

The Reds scored their two runs in the seventh inning, but Hudson got a deep fly out from Brandon Phillips to end the threat without any more harm done. Kris Medlen worked a scoreless eighth inning. Craig Kimbrel walked two in the ninth, but he battled back to work a scoreless ninth inning as well.

The Braves will now face the Marlins for a two-game series beginning Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. from Turner Field.

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