ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tim Hudson pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Atlanta Braves past the San Francisco Giants 3-0 at Turner Field on Saturday.
Hudson was perfect through four innings and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six to improve to 13-5 this season.
"That is as good as you're going to see a pitcher pitch a ball game," Braves manager Bobby Cox told reporters. "Just a lot of strikes, a lot of movement, a lot of ground balls."
"If he's not getting some type of Cy Young, MVP-type consideration, I don't know what they're looking at ... Without Tim Hudson on this team, we'd be in trouble."
Billy Wagner struck out the side in the ninth inning for his 27th save of the season to help stretch the Braves' National League East lead to two games over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves scored all three runs with two outs in the fourth inning. Troy Glaus drove in Jason Heyward who led off the inning with a double before Chipper Jones singled. Rick Ankiel then drove in Glaus with an RBI double to complete the scoring.
The Giants threatened in the seventh and eighth innings but Hudson forced ground-outs on both occasions to seal the win.
"It's funny, Chipper told me, 'you're going to have three runs to work with tonight, try to make it last'," Hudson said. "He was right on ... I said, 'thanks, man. Don't be afraid to throw an eight-spot up there.'"
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Ian Ransom)