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Braves ride Hudson to sweep

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson pitched a one-hitter, Nate McLouth homered to highlight a big day, and the Atlanta Braves ruined the Milwaukee debut of Zack Greinke, rocking the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner in a 8-0 victory Wednesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Brewers.

The Braves romped in the first game, too, winning 8-3 as Tommy Hanson pitched six strong innings and Martin Prado drove in three runs.

But Hudson (4-2) was the star of the night, nearly matching Francisco Liriano's no-hitter the previous evening for Minnesota. The right-hander retired his first nine hitters before Rickie Weeks led off the fourth with a double. He was the only Brewers player to reach base, also drawing a two-out walk in the ninth.

Only four of Hudson's outs came on fly balls, his sinker working to perfection. He posted his 12th career shutout and first complete-game win since May 2, 2008, against Cincinnati.

McLouth reached in all eight plate appearances over the two games, going 5 for 5 with three walks. One of those hits was initially ruled an error, but even that went his way when the official scorer changed the call between games.

''When you're at the bottom of the order, you've got to turn the lineup over ahead of the pitcher,'' said McLouth, who batted eighth in both games. ''That's my job down there.''

Greinke (0-1) was acquired from Kansas City in an offseason trade to bolster the Brewers' chances in the NL Central. But he broke a rib playing pickup basketball and began the season on the disabled list, setting the tone for a disappointing start to a season in which Milwaukee has been projected as a contender.

After three rehab starts in the minors, Greinke finally got a chance to pitch for the Brewers. While he showed good life on his pitches, striking out six, he also struggled with his consistency and got little help from his defense. The Brewers committed two errors in the first inning, leading to an unearned run.