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PHI@ATL: Hudson strikes out five over 5 2/3 innings

Last week, Armando Galarraga didn't just make his first start in the Majors in more than a year. He also welcomed his first child to the world.

Galarraga's start on Friday against the Braves at Turner Field should come under a lot less eventful circumstances than his first with the Astros, when he went five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits.

His wife gave birth to the couple's first child less than 24 hours before Galarraga took the mound against the Pirates. The Astros, who have lost 26 of their last 29 games, signed Galarraga to a Minor League contract in May.

"They gave me an opportunity by signing me when I got released from Baltimore, and now I just need to show I can pitch again and contribute," said Galarraga, most famous for his almost-perfect game in 2010. "There's a lot of change that's happened here lately, there's a lot of new faces, so I just have to keep it together and throw the ball good."

Since the All-Star break, Tim Hudson, the Braves' starter on Friday, has a 4.13 ERA in 24 innings and four starts. He picked up the win in each of his last three outings, boosting his record on the season to 10-4.

In his last start, Atlanta staked Hudson to a three-run lead. The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs, helping the Braves finish off a sweep of the Phillies.

"The guys are playing with confidence right now," Hudson said after the start. "As a starting pitcher, you have to realize that and try to keep the pressure off of them. The way to do that is to put up zeros after [your team] scores."

In six career starts against the Astros, Hudson has a 1.44 ERA in 43 2/3 innings. His 0.916 WHIP is his lowest against any team he's faced in the Majors.

The Braves are 14-6 since the All-Star break.

Astros: Veteran Snyder not shocked by moves
The Astros' recent flurry of transactions didn't come as a surprise to 31-year-old catcher Chris Snyder, one of the team's few remaining veterans.

Snyder won't be changing how he prepares with all the younger players around him in the clubhouse. On the season, Snyder is batting .182/.309/.314 in 159 at-bats.

Braves: Night off for Prado
After starting 75 of the Braves' last 76 games, Martin Prado did not start Thursday's game against the Marlins. Manager Fredi Gonzalez just wanted to give Prado a little rest.

"Certain guys, you can tell when they need a breather once in a while," Gonzalez said. "And like we talked about, we've been riding them pretty hard, those three guys in the outfield."

In 27 games since the start of July, Prado is batting .235/.272/.296. He ended June batting .323/.387/.467.

Worth noting
• Outfielder Jordan Schafer, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Braves' organization, will be making his first trip back to Turner Field as a member of the Astros. The outfielder batted .223 in 363 at-bats with Atlanta, stealing 17 bases.

• The Astros will make their final trip to Atlanta as members of the National League. The Astros and Braves met in the postseason more than a few times in the last 15 years. In 1997, '99 and 2001, the Braves knocked out the Astros. Houston returned the favor in '04 and '05.

• Brett Wallace hit two homers on Wednesday against the Brewers. He is batting .333/.418/.646 with the Astros in 14 games this season. Comments