ATLANTA (AP) _ Peter Moylan pitched three scoreless innings in
relief of injured starter Tim Hudson, and the Atlanta Braves ended
a four-game losing streak with a 9-to-5 victory over the Chicago
Hudson limped off the field in the third inning after he was hit
on his left leg by Jacque Jones' sharply hit grounder. The
right-hander limped slightly as he walked off the field with a
bruised leg. X-rays were negative, and his status for his next
start was not immediately known.
Moylan (2-1) came in and allowed no hits and walked one for the
win. Edgar Renteria homered and drove in four runs, and Andruw
Jones added a two-run homer for the Braves.
Atlanta had been held to one run in four of their last five
losses, including back-to-back losses in the first two games of the
series with the Cubs.
One night after Alfonso Soriano hit the first pitch of the game
for his first of three home runs, Hudson hit Soriano with a
first-pitch fastball under Soriano's left shoulder.
Plate umpire Tim Tschida issued warnings to both benches,
prompting Cubs manager Lou Piniella to emerge from the dugout --
apparently to ask why his team should receive a warning.
Tschida issued another warning when Moylan hit Cubs reliever
Sean Gallagher with a pitch in the fourth. Again, Piniella
complained, but this time he didn't leave the bench.
If Hudson was trying to send a message by hitting Soriano, it
might not have meant much. The Cubs scored four runs in the first
inning, including Derrek Lee's run-scoring single and Mark DeRosa's
bases-loaded two-run single.
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