The Braves didn't give Tim Hudson much run support in his first game off the disabled list, failing to take advantage of prime scoring opportunities. But they were up against Pittsburgh, and it doesn't take much to outscore these Pirates.

Dan Uggla's bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning put the Braves ahead and got Hudson the decision in a 4-3 win against the Pirates on Sunday before a crowd of 30,419 at Turner Field.

"It was exciting," Hudson said after giving up two runs and six hits in five innings in his season debut, five months and one day after he underwent back surgery.

"You've got the big stadium and the fans and major league hitters over there ready to try to knock it down your throat. It was fun," he said. "It's great to be back and try to earn my paycheck."