ATLANTA - JULY 25: Alex Gonzalez #2 of the Atlanta Braves turns a double play against Garrett Jones #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on July 25, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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McDonald walked none through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth, when he allowed two singles and then had a third batter reach when catcher Michael McKenry got hit with a bat and called for catcher's interference.
The Braves' only run came on a Chipper Jones solo homer in the eighth.
Tim Hudson struck out eight for Atlanta, but allowed two runs in the second after starting the inning with two straight walks, and one run in the sixth.
Joel Hanrahan picked up the save for the Bucs.
Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game back after returning from the minors.
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