Braves knock off Rays

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ATLANTA --- Jason Heyward homered and Troy Glaus drove in two runs to back seven strong innings by Tim Hudson in the Atlanta Braves' 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays tonight.

The Braves took two of three games in an interleague matchup of division leaders. They've won four of five overall and 11 of 12 at home to improve to 21-7 at Turner Field.

Tampa Bay's two-game slide dropped the Rays to 9-13 since May 23.

Hudson (7-2) lowered his ERA nine points to 2.34 after allowing four hits, one run and four walks with five strikeouts. The right-hander improved to 113-21 in his career when pitching at least seven innings.

Glaus, whose 53 RBI include 27 with two outs, gave the Braves their first lead at 3-1 with a two-run double in the sixth.

Atlanta improved to 9-0-3 in its last 12 series. The Braves were 13-18 after losing May 9 at Philadelphia, but are 26-10 since.

In 11 career starts against Tampa Bay, Hudson is 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA.

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