Tim Lincecum beat Tim Hudson in one category on Sunday.

Lincecum had four strikeouts in five innings to Hudson's three in seven. In fact, in by far the worst season of Lincecum's career, he is still striking out more than a batter an inning with 155 punch-outs in 151 innings.

But maybe it's time for Lincecum to take a tip from Hudson, who doesn't have the gaudy strikeout numbers that Lincecum has become known for since he started blowing through Pac-10 hitters at the University of Washington. Hudson was clearly the better pitcher Sunday, as he led his Braves to a series split with a 7-1 win over the first-place Giants.