One night after observing the capabilities of the powerful Atlanta Braves lineup, Wandy Rodriguez shut them out.
Showing no ill effects from the hamstring injury that caused him to miss a start, Rodriguez pitched seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the Pirates' 6-0 win against the Braves at PNC Park Friday night.
The Braves hit four home runs Thursday night and had 29 on the season. Entering the game, their .473 slugging percentage ranked second in the major leagues.
Against Rodriguez (2-0), they swung early and kept Rodriguez from having to battle. Rodriguez put only one man on base, allowing him to pitch from the windup for almost the entire game, and a double play erased the lone runner.
The strained hamstring that caused Rodriguez to leave his previous start on April 8 and miss his scheduled turn in the rotation Sunday appeared not to bother him Friday night. He displayed great control and his fastball touched 93 miles per hour.
Rodriguez worked three perfect innings, and no Braves reached base until Jason Heyward singled with one out in the fourth. Justin Upton grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Rodriguez needed only 43 pitches, 29 strikes, in the first four innings. He finished seven innings with 82 pitches.
The Pirates took advantage of Braves starter Tim Hudson, who left too many pitches in hittable locations. Hudson (2-1) allowed six runs on nine hits in four-plus innings.
Hudson allowed four extra-base hits in the second inning, leading to three Pirates runs Justin Upton dived for Neil Walker's line drive to left but could not reach it, and walker reached third on a stand-up triple.
Hudson's first pitch to Pedro Alvarez was a cutter over the plate, and Alvarez obliterated it over the seats in right field for his second home run in as many games. Television feeds showed the ball ending up on the walkway behind the stands in right. Right fielder Jason Heyward never moved.
Russell Martin and Jose Tabata each doubled to increase the Pirates' lead to 3-0.
Hudson couldn't record an out in the fifth inning before exiting. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with none out for Garrett Jones, who singled home two runs.
Anthony Varvaro replaced Hudson, but threw two wild pitches, the second of which allowed Andrew McCutchen to score from third.
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