The first day of A.O. — After Orlando — turned out just fine for the Diamondbacks.
Prior to Sunday’s game against the Braves, word came that the wrist injury Hudson suffered on Saturday night would be season-ending.
Much like it did last year when Hudson went down, Arizona responded.
Brandon Webb gave up one run on six hits in six innings and had a two-run double in the fourth as the Diamondbacks avoided a sweep with a 6-1 win over Atlanta at Chase Field.
The win was Webb’s major-league-leading 17th of the season and it broke a four-game losing streak.
“Early runs and Brandon Webb on the mound usually end up being good in the end,” manager Bob Melvin said.
After Jeff Kent hit a home run for the Dodgers in the top of the tenth inning on Saturday against the Giants, Los Angeles was three outs away from knocking Arizona out of first place for the first time since April 5.
But the Giants rallied and did so again on Sunday, and now Arizona is ahead by 1 1/2 games.
“We could be playing the best team in the National League or the worst team from here on out,” Augie Ojeda said. “They’re all going to be huge for us.”
The Diamondbacks (60-58) will have to do it the rest of the way without Hudson.
Ojeda, who went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored, replaces him at second base. The switch-hitter hit .333 in 14 games last season after Hudson went down with a torn ligament in his left thumb on Sept. 4.
The Diamondbacks went 12-9 without Hudson and swept the Cubs in the National League Division Series before falling to the Rockies in the National League Championship Series.
“It’s a good situation for Augie,” Melvin said. “Obviously he did it last year and he’s a guy you can count on. I know he’s happy about getting the at-bats, he’s just not happy for the reason for it.”
Webb gave up a sacrifice fly to Omar Infante with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth inning for his lone blemish. A single by Mark Kotsay loaded them up again with one out, but Jeff Francouer grounded into a double play to end the threat.