It's becoming ever more obvious who got the better of the deal.
Hudson (8-5) threw a three-hitter in his first career complete
game and the Diamondbacks beat Jackson and the White Sox 4-1 Friday
night in the opener of their three-game interleague series. The
24-year-old right-hander earned his eighth win in nine decisions
since starting the season 0-4.
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"He was throwing 3-2 changeups to guys. That is confidence.
That is maturity," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We
always liked him and when we traded him we knew he had a chance to
be a good one. There was not any doubt in anyone's mind about
In his second major league season, Hudson improved to 15-6 since
coming to Arizona.
Hudson, who threw a career-high 119 pitches, was adamant about
going out in the ninth inning.
"Going against the team that drafted me and gave me my first
chance in the big leagues was a lot of fun," he said. "To do what
I did was cool."
His performance follows Ian Kennedy's standout eight innings in
the Diamondbacks' 3-2, 10-inning win over San Francisco on Thursday
night. With the Giants losing at Oakland, Arizona pulled back
within a half-game of first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
"They've been really solid 1-2," Diamondbacks manager Kirk
Gibson said. "I don't think probably that people around the
country look at Kennedy and Hudson like a formidable 1-2, but we
don't care about that. We see what they do for us day in and day
out, what they mean to this team."
Hudson's RBI double with two outs in the seventh ended the night
for Jackson (4-6), who gave up four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3
With Hudson pounding the ball down in the strike zone, shortstop
Stephen Drew had 11 assists, 10 on groundballs and another on the
game-ending double play on a bouncer to the pitcher.
"They kept hitting them to me," said Drew, whose previous
assist high was eight. "It kept me in on the action. That was
really fun, it really was."
Paul Konerko's leadoff homer in the seventh ended a string of 18
scoreless innings for Chicago, who have two runs total in their
last three games. Hudson, who said it was a bad pitch, struck out
the White Sox star twice.
Arizona's Justin Upton singled three times, his fifth straight
multihit game. Upton, whose first career game-ending home run gave
Arizona a 3-2 victory over San Francisco in 10 innings the Thursday
night, singled in a run in the first inning, then scored from first
on Miguel Montero's two-out double.
Upton has hit .591 (13 of 22) during that five-game span to
raise his average to .299. He reached base for the fourth time when
he walked in the eighth, then stole second.
Hudson retired 16 in a row after walking Carlos Quentin in the
first inning. The streak ended when Drew had trouble getting the
ball out of his glove after fielding Alexei Ramirez's grounder and
his throw pulled first baseman Juan Miranda just off the bag.
"Today we did nothing, nothing exciting about it," Guillen
said. "We got the home run and the last inning was OK but we are
struggling and we have to come out of it as quick as we can."
Drew singled in the first, took second when Jackson was called
for a balk, then scored when Upton's singled. Montero's RBI double
to the right field gap made it 2-0.
After Konerko's 17th home run of the season cut the lead to 2-1,
Arizona got two more in the seventh. Ryan Roberts singled with one
out, then after Jackson fanned Gerardo Parra, Hudson doubled to
deep right-center to bring in the run. Left-hander Chris Sale
replaced Jackson and gave up an RBI double to Kelly Johnson to put
the Diamondbacks ahead 4-1.
Hudson is 8-3 with a 2.60 ERA in his career at Chase
Field. ... The White Sox lost only their third interleague game in
their last 16 and are 41-17 in them since 2008. ... The
Diamondbacks are 4-0 in interleague contests this season. ... Upton
has 33 hits since May 29. ... Jackson fanned the leadoff batter
Johnson three times. ... Hudson averaged 105 pitches a game
entering the contest.