"The last two starts haven't exactly been textbook for me," Hudson said," so it's nice to come out here and give us a chance to win."
Hudson (4-2) gave up three hits, and at one point retired 11 consecutive batters before Edwin Encarnacion singled leading off the eighth. Encarnacion went to second on Yunel Escobar's throwing error, the first Cincinnati batter to get past first, but was stranded at third on pinch-hitter Joey Votto's groundout.
"He was dealing tonight," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. "His ball was dipping and diving. I'd like to think it was him and not us."