Braves entertain D'Backs in Dixie

Tim Hudson tries to continue his mastery of the Arizona game series at Turner Field.

Hudson has faced Arizona seven times over the course of his career and has yet to lose, going 5-0 with a sparkling 1.54 earned run average.

The veteran right-hander did not get a decision on Monday against San Francisco, as he allowed four runs (two earned) and five hits in eight innings of a 5-4 win. He had been 3-0 in his previous three starts.

Hudson, though, maintained his unblemished mark in August over the last two seasons. He is 6-0 with a 1.82 ERA in the month since last season. Hudson is also an impressive 10-0 with a 2.07 ERA in 15 day games this season.

After winning Friday's opener, Atlanta rolled again on Saturday, as Dan Uggla smacked a pair of home runs and had three RBI to lead the Braves to an 8-1 victory. Michael Bourn tacked on two hits, scored twice, and made a spectacular catch against the wall for the National League wild card leaders, who have won three straight and five of their last six contests.

Brandon Beachy (6-2) fanned seven batters over six innings and now has a six- game unbeaten streak. He's 3-0 in that stretch and hasn't lost since July 19 at Colorado.

Wade Miley (0-1) was charged with the loss in his big league debut and gave up seven hits and five runs in four-plus innings. He also recorded his first hit, a single in the fifth inning.

"I wanted to go out and give the team a better chance to win, but I have to put it behind me and move on, work on some things," Miley said.

Miguel Montero knocked in the only run for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, who have lost four in a row. Despite the slide, Arizona remains 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place San Francisco.

Arizona will counter with righty Josh Collmenter, who is 7-7 with a 3.47 ERA. Collmenter did not get a decision on Tuesday in Philadelphia, as he surrendered two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 win.

Collmenter tossed six scoreless innings to beat the Braves back on May 19 in his only other start against them.

Arizona swept a brief two-game series over Atlanta at home back on May 18-19. wept a brief two-game series over Atlanta at home back on May 18-19.