Hudson pitching well in losing streak

Tim Hudson has a no-decision and a loss to show for his past two starts, but the veteran Braves right-hander appears back on track.

That one of the outings came on the road is even more encouraging.

Hudson had struggled away from Turner Field before limiting the Dodgers to four hits and a run over seven innings in a hard-luck loss in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The 37-year-old has been working on his mechanics and appears to have regained the bite on his breaking balls.

"I felt pretty good," said Hudson, who starts Tuesday night at San Diego. "It's just staying tall over the rubber, not overthrowing and staying behind all my pitches and trusting it. That's what it boils down to."

It was the second consecutive strong start for Hudson, who was charged with three hits and an unearned run in 7 innings June 1 against Washington during a no-decision in Atlanta.

Before the past two games, Hudson had posted an 8.69 ERA over a four-start span.

"That's a couple outings in a row where he's given us a real good pitching performance," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I can't wait for him to go out there ... and give us another chance to win a ballgame."

Hudson, who has a 201-109 career record, is still just 4-5 with a 4.48 ERA, but HE appears to be back on track despite having four straight losses.

He'll be trying to get the Braves back on track after a 7-6 loss to the Padres on Monday in the series opener.

Player notes

-- C/OF Evan Gattis hit his fourth pinch home run of the season in the ninth inning Monday, leaving him just one short of tying the club single-season mark of five set by Butch Nieman in 1945. Gattis is 6-for-8 with 11 RBIs in his eight pinch-hit appearances.

-- RHP Tim Hudson, who starts Tuesday at San Diego, gave up a run on four hits in seven innings in a 5-0 setback to the Dodgers on June 6. Hudson has allowed only a run and seven hits in his last 14 innings. He is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 66 innings over the past 10 seasons against the Padres.

-- RHP Julio Teheran, who allowed one hit and struck out 11 in his last outing June 5 against the Pirates, gave up five runs on six hits in six innings in Monday's loss to the Padres. He served up homers to Logan Forsythe and Will Venable, the latter a three-run shot in the fourth inning. The outing snapped Teheran's six-game streak of quality starts dating back to April 29.

-- RF Jason Heyward homered twice in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Padres. Heyward has nine multi-hit games in 22 contest since coming off the disabled list May 17.

-- 1B Freddie Freeman was 7-for-17 (.412) during the four-game split with the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He went 0-for-2 with two walks Monday in the series opener at San Diego. He ranks second in the National League with a .460 average (23-for-50) with runners in scoring position.

Quote to note

"Sometimes you'll have four or five good ones, then get one like this." -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez, on RHP Julio Teheran, who had a rough outing Monday at San Diego, allowing five runs in six innings in the Braves' 7-6 loss.