Atlanta’s Tim Hudson and Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano engaged in an old-fashioned pitchers duel, but Liriano prevailed in the end as the Twins edged the Braves 2-1 onÂ Â Â Â Â Â Friday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Hudson, Atlanta’s ace, pitched eight strong innings, including six shutout innings to open the game, and allowed just seven hits and two runs in his eight innings, but Liriano was even better, tossing eight innings of five-hit, one run ball at the BravesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â in a matchup ofÂ two of MLB’s current division-leading teams.
The Braves broke on top in the game, going up 1-0 on a second inning rbi-groundout by Omar Infante, and Hudson made the lead stand up through six innings before allowing two runs in the seventh inning when Minnesota scored on back-to-back rbi-singles by Jason Kubel and Delmon Young to go up 2-1.
It was a great game to watch if you like great pitching, with Liriano (6-3, 2.90 ERA) getting the win for the Twins, and Hudson (6-2, 2.43 ERA) taking the loss for Atlanta.
Jon Rauch pitched a 1-2-3 inning and struck out the side in the ninth to close out the game for Minnesota, notching his 16th save of the season.
Troy Glaus and Melky Cabrera had two hits apiece for Atlanta, but the Braves had just five hits in the game against the Liriano and Rauch tandem.
The Twins improved to 36-25 with the win, while the loss dropped the Braves to 35-27.