MILWAUKEE — Two months ago, Francisco Rodriguez was out of baseball, hoping for a chance to get back to the major leagues.
Given another opportunity by the Brewers in May, Rodriguez has made it pay off. He converted his sixth straight save Saturday — the 300th of his career — to help Milwaukee beat Atlanta Braves 2-0 for the second straight day.
Rodriguez went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA during the 2012 season and was released by the Brewers.
“A lot of people thought that I was done, that I had retired,” he said. “People forgot that I was just 31 years old. In my career, just last year was a really bad year. I know what I am capable of doing.”
Rodriguez gave up one of the Braves’ four hits in becoming the 25th closer to reach the 300-save milestone. He was aided by a barehanded pickup and throw by shortstop Jean Segura to get leadoff hitter Jordan Shafer.
Andrelton Simmons then singled, but Rodriguez got Jason Heyward to line out and Freddie Freeman struck out. After the strikeout, Rodriguez pumped his fist and pointed to the sky.
Donovan Hand, making his first big league start, allowed two hits in 42/3 innings for Milwaukee. He struck out three and walked one in helping extend Atlanta’s scoreless streak to 24 innings.
Burke Badenhop (1-3) entered after Hand walked Dan Uggla and got Chris Johnson to groundout to end the fifth.
Milwaukee has beaten Atlanta eight straight times at Miller Park, outscoring them 31-9.
Tim Hudson (4-7) lost his sixth straight decision, despite giving up two runs and seven hits in six innings. He allowed RBI singles to Juan Francisco, in the fourth, and Aramis Ramirez, in the fifth inning.
The Braves have scored 10 runs in Hudson’s past nine starts. He has not won in those starts, his worst winless stretch of his career since an eight-start stretch in 2002.