PHILADELPHIA Tim Hudson pitched Atlanta to the brink of a playoff spot.
The Braves jerseys are set to answer how they’d respond to their 2011 collapse with a celebration at Turner Field.
Hudson tossed two hit ball over 71/3 innings to help the Atlanta Braves jerseys inch closer to the postseason with a 2 1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies jerseys on Sunday.
Hudson (16 6) struck out four and allowed one unearned run to send the Braves jerseys back to Atlanta with a shot at winning at least an NL wild card berth.
A year after an historic September collapse, the Braves jerseys are again close to a postseason spot. They can clinch during a six game homestand that opens Tuesday.
The win over Cliff Lee (6 8) reduced Atlanta’s magic number for securing an NL wild card playoff spot to two.
“It’s a good feeling,” Braves jerseys second baseman Dan Uggla said. “We’re in a good spot to, at the very least, make the playoffs. We’re not going to quit anything.”
The Braves jerseys learned the hard way the crushing disappointment of blowing a big September lead. The Braves jerseys were up 8 games through Sept. 5 last year, but went 9 18 down the stretch and were overtaken by St. Louis on the final day of the season.
The Braves jerseys can almost work the final week of this season on setting their playoff rotation.
“I have one or two more starts before, hopefully, we get into the playoffs and it really starts counting,” Hudson said.
David Ross hit a solo homer and cheap Craig Kimbrel jersey worked a scoreless ninth for his 39th save.
The Braves jerseys had to listen to questions all season about how they would turn the page on their poor ending to 2011.
Looks as if they can put the champagne on ice.
The Braves jerseys have won seven of nine and 14 of their past 20 overall.
Hudson was on top of his game, allowing a single in the third and one in the fifth. His only mistake came in wholesale jerseys the sixth. cheap Jimmy Rollins jersey worked a leadoff walk, advanced to second on Hudson’s errant pickoff attempt. Rollins scored on cheap Chase Utley jersey’s sacrifice fly.
Hudson, who also doubled, has won at least 16 games in each of his past three seasons.
“I was able to come in and beat a great pitcher today,” Hudson said.
Lee struck out 11 in eight strong innings, but lost for the first time since Aug. 11. Lee hadn’t allowed more than a run in each of his past five starts and only one of his two runs allowed Sunday was earned.
The Phillies jerseys are likely to miss the postseason for the first time since 2006.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position we don’t want to be in,” Lee said. “You can’t do anything about it now.”
The five time defending NL East champions had won four in a row and 12 of 15 to get in the wild card race, only to lose two straight to the Braves jerseys.
Manager Charlie Manuel had said the Phillies jerseys had a “heartbeat” in the playoff chase. But their chances are about over.
“The noose is getting tighter, but we’re still there,” Manuel said.
Ross gave Atlanta a 1 0 lead in the second when his eighth homer of the year went over the wall in center.
The Braves jerseys loaded the bases against Lee in the third, getting one runner aboard when Lee bobbled a grounder, and Uggla’s sacrifice fly made it 2 1.
While the Braves jerseys handled the constant questioning about their meltdown with class, it’s clear how much earning a spot in this year’s field would mean.
Considering last season’s collapse, securing any playoff spot is quite the accomplishment. It would have been the biggest September meltdown in baseball history except that Boston blew a nine game lead during the same month.
Forget about it now. The Braves jerseys, who are off Monday, will soon have a reason to again enjoy the postseason.