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Braves shut out Reds on complete game from Hudson

ATLANTA - Tim Hudson pitched his 11th career shutout and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, helping the Atlanta Braves end a season-high four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Hudson (4-2) gave up just three hits, and at one point retired 11 straight batters before Edwin Encarnacion singled leading off the eighth. Encarnacion went to second on Yunel Escobar's throwing error, the first Cincinnati batter to get past first, but was eventually stranded at third on pinch-hitter Joey Votto's groundout.

McCann's sixth homer of the season came in the fourth off Edinson Volquez (4-1), sending the Reds to their third straight loss.

Chipper Jones, who reached base in all four at-bats, scored on McCann's homer and had two of Atlanta's six hits.

Hudson's last shutout was last Sept. 16 at Washington. His complete game, the first for Atlanta's staff this season, gave him 22 in his career and six in four years with the Braves.

With just one victory in his previous three starts, Hudson gave the Braves' ailing pitching staff a boost after John Smoltz said before the game that he's likely to return as Atlanta's closer instead of rejoining the rotation.

Smoltz is on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder and biceps tendinitis. Tom Glavine was out 13 games with a strained right hamstring before returning on Tuesday, and Mike Hampton said Friday that his strained pectoral muscle could keep him out indefinitely.

Hudson didn't have a strikeout after the sixth, but finished with a season-high 10. He retired Corey Patterson, Jeff Keppinger and Ken Griffey Jr. on fly balls in the ninth.

The performance stood in stark contrast to Hudson's last three, in which he'd managed just one win and had struggled with a dip in pitch velocity. He gave up four runs and seven hits in three innings of a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Saturday in New York.

Volquez, making his first appearance against the Braves, allowed five hits and two runs - one earned - in six innings. The National League's ERA leader struck out nine and walked two before giving way to Jeremy Affeldt in the seventh and Bill Bray in the eighth.

Notes: The Reds had no baserunners before Volquez had his first career hit with two out in the third. ... Cincinnati went 3-0 at Turner Field last year.