SAN FRANCISCO – After a broken right ankle with Atlanta last year threatened to end his career, Tim Hudson has emerged as one of baseball’s best and most surprising offseason additions.
Hudson turned in another vintage performance to start this season, tossing seven innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my season with a new team, new organization, new teammates,” said Hudson, who signed a $23 million, two-year contract with the Giants in November. “I hope they don’t think I’m going to be this good all year.”
Hudson (5-2) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none. The 38-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his 10 starts, and he has pitched at least seven innings eight times.
“He’s getting better with age,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Dodgers 6, Reds 3
In Los Angeles, Andre Ethier drove in the Dodgers’ first four runs with a homer and a bases-loaded triple, and Zack Greinke equaled a season high with 11 strikeouts.
Brewers 7, Orioles 6 (10)
In Milwaukee, pitcher Yovani Gallardo delivered a pinch-hit double that drove home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.
Mets 4, Pirates 2
In New York, Juan Lagares drove in two runs, Vic Black gave the bullpen a boost and the Mets finally managed some timely hits in their first game with a new batting coach.
Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3
In Phoenix, Tommy Medica hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and Eric Stults threw six effective innings for San Diego.
Rockies 6, Phillies 2
In Philadelphia, Wilin Rosario hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings to lift Colorado.
Marlins at Nationals — ppd.
Cardinals 6, Yankees 0
In St. Louis, Lance Lynn threw a five-hit shutout in his first career complete game.
Red Sox 6, Braves 3
In Atlanta, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single during a four-run rally in the seventh inning and Boston beat the Braves.
Blue Jays 9, Rays 6
In Toronto, Mark Buehrle became the first nine-game winner in the majors and Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit back-to-back home runs.
Tigers 6, Athletics 5
In Oakland, pinch runner Rajai Davis scored on Austin Jackson’s fielder’s choice groundout in the eighth inning and Detroit halted a three-game losing streak.
Angels 6, Mariners 4
In Seattle, Jered Weaver gave up three runs over six innings for his fifth win in six starts and C.J. Cron homered.
White Sox 2, Indians 1
In Chicago, Gordon Beckham homered, Conor Gillaspie singled home another run and the White Sox outlasted Cleveland in a game twice delayed by rain.
Twins 4, Rangers 3
In Minneapolis, Texas closer Joakim Soria bobbled a slow-bouncing ball hit by Minnesota’s Danny Santana to the left of the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, allowing the winning run to score.
Astros 3, Royals 0
In Kansas City, Collin McHugh held the light-hitting Royals at bay over seven innings.
Norichika Aoki finished hitless in four at-bats for the Royals.