Tonight on CSN: Cubs look to continue road success against Giants

Tonight on CSN: Cubs look to continue road success against Giants
May 27, 2014, 11:00 am
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Associated Press

Tim Hudson has enjoyed a strong start to his tenure in San Francisco.

He's also been very good against the Chicago Cubs in recent years.

The right-hander hopes to continue his success on both fronts while trying to help the Giants avoid a fifth consecutive home defeat to the Cubs on Tuesday night.

Since allowing a season-high four runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 5-4, 10-inning home victory over Colorado on April 13, Hudson (4-2, 2.13 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.01 ERA in six outings. He allowed a run and five hits and was removed following an 82-minute rain delay before the start of the fourth inning Thursday at Colorado. The game was suspended in the sixth with the score tied at 2.

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Hudson, who turns 39 in July, went 2-0 despite a 4.70 ERA in his first four starts against the Cubs (19-30), but has yielded a run in each of the last three versus Chicago for a 1.33 ERA while going 1-1 during that span for Atlanta.

The former Oakland pitcher is 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts at home in his return to northern California pitching for the Bay Area's other team.

However, Chicago has held the Giants (32-19) to seven runs during a four-game winning streak at AT&T Park - it's longest current run of success on the road against any opponent. Jeff Samardzija, who entered Monday's meeting with a major-league best 1.46 ERA, allowed four runs in seven innings but earned his first victory in 17 starts during the 8-4 victory that snapped San Francisco's season-high four-game home winning streak.

"It's just one game," reliever Javier Lopez told the Giants' official website. "I don't think guys are super worried about it."

Ex-Giant Nate Schierholtz hit his first home run of the season as Chicago improved to 3-2 on a 10-game trip. Teammate Luis Valbuena added two hits, and is batting .405 (15 for 37) with five RBIs in his last 10 games.

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"There were big contributions by everybody in the ballgame," manager Rick Renteria told the Cubs' official website.

Emilio Bonifacio, who also had two hits after going 0 for 9 in the previous three contests, is batting .381 (8 for 21) with two doubles versus Hudson.

Just activated off the disabled list from a strained left hamstring, Chicago's Justin Ruggiano is batting .229 in 14 games this season, but could be in the lineup for going 4 for 7 against Hudson.

Chicago's Jake Arrieta (1-0, 2.33) has allowed a run and four hits in each of his last two starts. He yielded a homer and struck out seven in six innings of a 5-1 win at San Diego on Thursday.

In his only previous appearance against the Giants in 2010, the right-hander gave up a homer to Pablo Sandoval and two other hits over seven-plus innings of a 4-1 victory at San Francisco for Baltimore.

Sandoval hit a two-run home run and had three RBIs on Monday.

A .357 hitter in 15 career games against the Cubs at AT&T Park, Sandoval is batting .378 (17 for 45) with four homers and 12 RBIs during a 12-game home hitting streak.