ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 14: Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves dives back safely to third base against Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres at Turner Field on August 14, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Tim Hudson combined with three relievers for a five-hit shutout, Martin Prado hit a three-run homer, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Hudson (12-4) allowed two hits and one walk in 6 2-3 innings and won his sixth straight decision.
After being held to five hits in a 4-1 loss to Eric Stults and the Padres on Monday night, the Braves had 10 hits, including Dan Uggla's 14th homer in the fifth inning.
The Braves began the day 5 1/2 games behind first-place Washington in the NL East, their biggest deficit since trailing by 6 games on July 5.
Jonny Venters, Luis Avilan and Craig Kimbrel completed the shutout.