Solid start by Hudson is spoiled

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SAN DIEGO --- Tim Hudson did his job for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Atlanta's Eric Hinske slides in at home in the eighth inning to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. San Diego rallied with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take two out of three in the series.   Associated Press
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Atlanta's Eric Hinske slides in at home in the eighth inning to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. San Diego rallied with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take two out of three in the series.

Atlanta's offense and reliever Jonny Venters didn't do theirs.

Jason Bartlett hit a bases-loaded infield single to bring in the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning, and Orlando Hudson followed with a two-run single as the San Diego Padres rallied to beat the Braves 4-1.

Cory Luebke, making his first start of the season for the Padres, combined with four relievers on a two-hitter. San Diego took two of three from the Braves and have won four of five overall.

"We're going to get on that plane and feel bad about ourselves," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We let this one go and we lost two out of three here in San Diego and did not get to appreciate Hudson's performance today. Outstanding, but we couldn't get the win for him."

Luebke struck out six and allowed one hit and two walks in five scoreless innings. He struck out the side in the first inning and retired his first seven batters.

Hudson struck out eight in six scoreless innings while allowing six hits and three walks.

The Braves scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth for a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, San Diego loaded the bases on a walk, an infield single, a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk off Venters before Will Venable popped a bunt to the pitcher for the second out.

Bartlett hit a grounder that deflected off Venters' glove and rolled to shortstop for an infield single, allowing Chris Denorfia to score the tying run. Hudson singled up the middle to bring in two more runs. Chase Headley added an RBI single.

"He's human," Gonzalez said of Venters. "We've come to expect such perfection from him and it didn't happen. It's tough to get six outs

TODAY'S GAME

ATLANTA BRAVES at SEATTLE MARINERS

Brandon Beachy (2-1, 3.22) vs. Erik Bedard (4-5, 2.93)

10:10 p.m. -- SportSouth Safeco Field


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