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Hudson takes Braves past Cardinals

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Starter Tim Hudson got his 100th career win in Atlanta's victory over St. Louis

AP , ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Third baseman Wilson Betemit of the Braves throws to first base during a game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday. Atlanta won 8-1.

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Tim Hudson gave up one run in seven innings for his 100th career win, while Andruw Jones homered twice, including a grand slam, and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 on Saturday.

Hudson (8-6) struck out four, walked one and allowed six hits to earn his first victory since July 16, thanks to the return of his split-finger fastball.

"I've been afraid to use it, but all of a sudden, there it was," Hudson said. "I haven't had a good one in three years, but it was there today."

Acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland, Hudson is 100-45 for his Major League Baseball career.

"I'm happy about it. It's a milestone, and I hope there are more to come," he said of win No. 100. "It's one of the first milestones a starting pitcher can come across."

Jones' grand slam in the sixth inning was the fourth of his career and came in his fourth multihomer game of the season and 26th of his career. He leads the majors with 35 home runs.

Mets 2, Cubs 0

In New York, South Korea's Seo Jae, recalled from the minor leagues to make the start, outpitched Greg Maddux and New York sent Chicago to its fourth straight loss and fifth in the last six games.

Seo (3-1) allowed just four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Tired of the inconsistent pitching of Kaz Ishii, the Mets sent the Japanese left-hander to Triple-A Norfolk and brought back Seo for the second time this season. He was 2-1 in his earlier stint, including pitching seven innings of one-hit ball against Philadelphia on May 4.

Giants 5, Astros 2

In San Francisco, Noah Lowry allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings to help San Francisco beat Houston and win a home series for the first time since May.

Edgardo Alfonzo added a pair of RBI singles and Mike Matheny hit a solo homer for the Giants, who have won three straight games for the first time since a four-game winning streak June 28-July 1.

San Francisco, which has the worst home record in the National League, has won its first series at SBC Park since taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers from May 24-26.

Pirates 9, Dodgers 4

In Pittsburgh, Zach Duke became only the second rookie in Pirates history to win his first five decisions as a starter, giving up more than one run for only the second time in his short career in pitching Pittsburgh past Los Angeles.

Duke (5-0) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings, the first time he has allowed more than one run since giving up three in 7 2-3 innings in his July 2 debut against Milwaukee.

His ERA may have jumped from 0.92 to 1.54, but the 22-year-old is the first Pirates rookie since Whitey Glazner in 1921 to start 5-0.

Center fielder Chris Duffy had four hits for the second time in his 17 career starts, scored three runs and had an RBI, and first baseman Brad Eldred doubled in a run to help the Pirates bounce back from losses of 12-7 (San Diego) and 12-6 (Dodgers) the previous two days.

Odalis Perez (6-6) gave up nine hits and six runs -- five earned -- in six innings to lose for the first time in six starts.

Reds 4, Marlins 3

In Cincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr. doubled to start a two-run sixth inning and Cincinnati rallied past Florida.

Adam Dunn followed Griffey's double to right off Brian Moehler (6-9) with a walk, and Sean Casey singled to load the bases. Guillermo Mota relieved Moehler and Austin Kearns' slow groundout to third allowed Griffey to score the tying run.

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