Braves win, but it’s costly

The Atlanta Braves won 8-2 over the New York Mets Wednesday night, but a blow to the pitching staff, as Tim Hudson was spiked at first base making a play in the eighth inning by Eric Young of the Mets and after being carried off the field was told he had a broken right ankle.  There will have to be surgery after the swelling goes down, and Hudson will be out for the season and postseason.  Hudson picked up the win for Wednesday night’s game, allowing just four hits and his team leading 6-0 when the injury occured in the eighth.  Hudson was covering first on a ground ball to Freddie Freeman and was taking the toss to get Young out.  Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla, and Andrelton Simmons had all hit home runs off Mets Starter, Jeremy Hefner giving the Braves at 6-0 lead.  The Braves and Mets are finishing up their series with a getaway early game Thursday.  Alex Wood will get the start on the mound for the Braves, with first pitch at 12:10PM and pregame coverage starting at 10:55AM.  The Mets will counter with Zach Wheeler. With the win Wednesday, the Braves upped their lead in the NL East to 8 games over Philadelphia and 9 over the slumping Washington Nationals.  The St. Louis Cardinals smashed the Phillies 11-3, while the Nats lost for a sixth straight time since they resumed play after the All-Star break.  The Braves will start a weekend homestand against the Cardinals Friday night.  St. Louis now has the best record in the National League, as well as the best winning percentage in the Major Leagues entering Thursday’s play.