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ARI@SD: Hudson earns a win after eight strong innings

D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson can't wait to get back onto the mound.

Not because he is carrying any sort of momentum from a previous quality start, but rather just the opposite.

In the 25-year-old's last outing on Friday, he lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Athletics, allowing six earned runs on eight hits. It was the shortest start of his career.

Hudson will get a chance to bounce back when he takes on the Rangers in the finale of an Interleague series on Thursday, with the D-backs looking to avoid a sweep.

"To just sit around for six days with the off-day and think about it is kind of tough," Hudson said. "I just couldn't make a pitch and get out of it. It is what it is. It's just a bad start."

In the meantime, Hudson threw his normal between-start bullpen session Sunday, and because he had an extra day between starts this time around, he threw another shorter bullpen session Tuesday.

Still wanting to improve more before taking the hill again Thursday, Hudson was in the visitor's bullpen by himself Wednesday afternoon going through his windup and follow-through without a ball.

"Doing stuff without a ball sometimes helps you just get back to basics, and all of a sudden, something can click from there," Hudson said. "I don't know if it's going to work or not, but I figured I would give it a try and see if I could figure something out."

Hudson missed six weeks due to an impingement in his shoulder and pitched well in his first two starts after being activated from the disabled list. Despite beginning his career with the White Sox in the American League, Hudson has never faced the Rangers.

Opposing Hudson for the Rangers will be lefty Scott Feldman, who enters having lost each of his five starts since replacing the injured Neftali Feliz in Texas' rotation.

Feldman had his best start of the season on Saturday against the Giants, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, three runs (two earned), striking out seven and walking one.

"Execute my pitches, that was the main thing, just making pitches and staying tall on my backside," Feldman said after that start. "Hopefully I'm there and I can continue to build on the last one and try to get better."

Rangers: Cruz sits another day
Nelson Cruz was out of the lineup for the third straight game Wednesday.

"He's looking better," manager Ron Washington said. "He can pinch-hit. But I'm not going to put him out there in a ballgame after the way he looked yesterday. So he'll get one more day. He's OK. But I'm going to give him one more day."

Cruz came out of Saturday's loss to the Giants with a sore right Achilles tendon, and he singled in his only at-bat as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's win. But Cruz, who fell under the weather with a fever before Tuesday's series opener vs. the D-backs, was also held out of Wednesday's game, but again pinch-hit, this time striking out in the eighth.

Cruz has six home runs and 23 RBIs in his last 32 games.

D-backs: Goldschmidt OK after hitting streak ends
Paul Goldschmidt's 17-game hitting streak came to an end Tuesday, but the D-backs first baseman isn't too upset about it.

"Not that much," Goldschmidt said when asked how much he thought about the streak while it was happening. "Obviously at times it creeps into your head, but I didn't want to think about it. It wasn't that important to me at all. I just had the same approach every day. I just tried to do what I could to help us win like I do every other day."

Goldschmidt was 26-for-62 during the streak for a .419 batting average.

"I felt good for a few weeks," Goldschmidt said. "I felt not that bad earlier when I was struggling too. There were pitches that I was fouling off or just missing. That was the main difference. I think that's just part of the game. Now luckily, I've been hitting them hard instead of fouling them straight back."

Worth noting
• Of the D-backs' last 22 runs scored, 17 have come with two out.

• The Rangers threw three complete games in a weeklong span from June 6 through Tuesday. In the club's previous 56 games in 2012, it only had one. Comments