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ARI@SF: Hudson hurls eight innings of one-run ball

The last time D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson took the mound, it wasn't his finest outing.

The right-hander lasted only three innings against the struggling Astros, allowing seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits on Monday. Hudson said he's excited to take the mound after a long few days, as he looks to rebound.

"I've been hit around before, but it's just one of those things where they came out with a good approach. They were swinging at everything, and I wasn't putting myself in good enough counts to try and make them swing and miss," Hudson said. "I just chalk it up, move on and don't really worry about it too much."

Hudson will be facing one of the league's best hitters in David Wright, who has cooled slightly since going on a tear when he was reinstated from the disabled list in July.

Although the Mets' third baseman is hitting .346 since he came back on July 22, he's hitting only .216 in August. Mets manager Terry Collins said he isn't concerned with Wright's recent drop in production, and said the team will be patient with the franchise cornerstone.

"There's going to be a time he's getting stiff, because he's playing for the first time every day and he hasn't in three months, four months," Collins said. "I don't believe fatigue's a factor. But I do believe that there's some things that go on when you're back there playing every day -- that you have to make some adjustments, and he'll make them."

Mets: Pelfrey on the hill
• Right-hander Mike Pelfrey opposes Hudson on Saturday, going for his second straight victory over the D-backs. Pelfrey has struggled against Arizona in his career -- going 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA in eight career starts against them. But he defeated them on April 22, tossing seven innings of one-run ball.

• Closer Jason Isringhausen has 299 career saves and is looking to become the 23rd player in history to reach the 300-saves milestone.

D-backs: Young slumping
• Outfielder Chris Young went 0-for-4 on Friday, snapping a five-game hitting streak. Despite that streak, Young has struggled as of late, hitting only .160 in his past 22 games. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 18.

"I've considered sitting him out and trying to give him a day, but he doesn't want a day," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I kid with him all the time, I'm serious with him and he does not want a day off. He doesn't want to run from it for one second."

Young is hitting .368 (7-for-19) in his career against Pelfrey.

• First baseman Xavier Nady fractured his left hand on Friday, after being hit by a pitch in the second inning. It is unknown how much time he will miss.

• J.J. Putz and David Hernandez have combined to go 11-for-11 in save opportunities since the All-Star break.

Worth noting
• Friday's win was Gibson's 100th as a manager.

• Mets outfielder Jason Bay has reached base safely in each of his last 14 games.

• Hudson made his D-backs debut against the Mets, allowing one run on three hits in eight innings. Comments