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Samardzija strikes out career-high 13 but Hudson, Braves top Cubs 5-1

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzijreacts after hitting an AtlantBraves batter sixth inning baseball game AtlantSunday April 7 2013. (AP

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija reacts after hitting an Atlanta Braves batter in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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ATLANTA — Tim Hudson pitched six-plus strong innings and added an RBI and Ramiro Pena hit a two-run single to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Sunday.

The three-game sweep ended a 5-1 homestand for Atlanta, which got a solo homer from Dan Uggla in the eighth off Hisanori Takahashi.

Chicago ended a six-game road trip with four losses as it heads to Wrigley Field for the home opener against Milwaukee on Monday.

Hudson (1-0) allowed three hits, one run and two walks in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven while improving to 3-1 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 3.12 ERA.

Jeff Samardzija (1-1) set a career high with 13 strikeouts, but gave up four hits, four runs and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.



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