The Braves dropped their second straight on the road Wednesday night in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. They also saw their lead in the National League East shrink to a half a game in the process. The White Sox are red hot right now and playing their best baseball of the season winning their last 8 in a row.
Tim Hudson was the tough luck loser on Wednesday night. He didn’t pitch that bad but gave up two home runs to White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin which provided the difference in the game. The Braves took the lead in the game when Melky Cabrera singled off of Sox starter Mark Buehrle scoring Troy Glaus. The game remained 1-0 until a Paul Konerko RBI single tied things up in the fourth. Quentin followed with his first home run of the night and the White Sox took a 3-1 lead.
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The Braves answered right back in the fifth cutting the deficit to 3-2 on a David Ross RBI single off of Buehrle. Quentin homered once again in the seventh to provide the winning margin and round out the scoring.
Tim Hudson pitched seven innings allowing six hits and four earned runs. The two home runs ultimately did him in. Takashi Saito pitched a scoreless eighth in his first action back from the Disabled List. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle got the win pitching six innings while scattering nine hits but allowing only two earned runs.
At the plate Melky Cabrera had a three hit night to raise his average to .270. He has been playing really well in Nate McLouth‘s absence of late. Brian McCann handled DH duties and banged out two hits. Carlos Quentin had the big night for the White Sox going 2 for 3 with those two home runs and driving in 3 of the White Sox 4 runs on the night. Former Brave Andruw Jones checked in as a defensive replacement but didn’t get a bat. After a good start to the season Jones average has dipped to .208.
The Braves will try and salvage one game in the series with Derek Lowe (9-5, 4.77) on the mound for the afternoon matinée. The White Sox will send out righty Gavin Floyd (2-7, 5.20) First pitch is scheduled for 2.05 ET. The Braves will return home on Friday to start a series with the Detroit Tigers.