SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Hudson usually has way with the San Francisco Giants. Not this time.
Hudson hadn't lost to San Francisco in seven years before the Giants drove the Braves' right-hander from the game in a six-run fourth inning that represented their biggest rally of the season and went on to beat Atlanta 8-2 Friday night.
``Obviously it was a nightmare inning,' Hudson said. ``I made very good pitches to get the inning going and then it seemed when I needed a break here or there, their balls just found some holes. I had a hard time stopping the bleeding.'
That big inning proved plenty for Giants starter Matt Cain (2-2), who went eight innings and turned in his second straight stellar outing after going winless over his first six starts.
Cain allowed just three hits and chipped in with an RBI single during the six-run rally. His effort was badly needed for a rotation that came in having posted just 16 quality starts in 35 games.
``When you get some run support like I did tonight, against a guy that's done what he's done in his career, that's always nice,' Cain said. ``It's always a battle with him.'
The Giants hadn't beaten Hudson (4-2) since April 8, 2006, a span during which he was 6-0 with a 2.48 ERA against them.
He was cruising until the fourth, when the Giants batted around and scored six runs. That rally featured two hits by Marco Scutaro, including a two-run single.
Buster Posey split the left-center gap with an RBI double to kick-start things. Hunter Pence dribbled an infield single to score another and Brandon Belt chopped a run-scoring double over Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Brandon Crawford was intentionally walked with one out to load the bases for Cain, who stepped to the plate 0 for 11 on the season. He grounded a single through the right side to make it 4-0, and Scutaro capped the rally with a two-run single to left to drive Hudson from the game.
The six runs and seven hits were the most the Giants have collected in any single inning this season.
Hudson tied his season high with six runs allowed in 3 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.
The Braves did their only damage off Cain when Brian McCann crushed a two-run homer to right in the fifth. It marked the 26th time an opponent knocked one into McCovey Cove on the fly, and it was the 88th ``splash hit' overall since AT&T Park opened in 2000.
Cain delivered his best start of the season despite taking a liner off his hip from the bat of McCann in the second. He recovered and chased the ball down by the first-base line and got the out.
``What a great job, a clutch job,' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ``We needed a lot of length from our starter tonight and he did more than that. Eight solid innings - especially after getting hit.'
McCann was the bright spot for Atlanta. After missing the first 31 games of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery, he's 5 for 16 with two homers and seven RBI in four games.
``I've felt good since spring training and I carried it into the season and on my rehab stints,' McCann said.
NOTES: Carlos Tosca served as the Braves' interim manager Friday in place of Fredi Gonzalez and will do so again Saturday, with Gonzalez in Georgia to attend his daughter's college graduation. ... Right fielder Jason Heyward did not play Friday for Triple-A Gwinnett, one day after beginning a rehab assignment following his emergency appendectomy April 22. GM Frank Wren said Heyward was experiencing ``normal soreness' after the long layoff. ... Left-hander Paul Maholm, who starts Saturday, is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in nine career starts against the Giants.
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