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Hudson shuts down Nationals for 200th win

ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson made sure that his 200th career victory was extra memorable.

The 37-year-old right-hander hit his third career home run and allowed just three hits over seven innings as the Atlanta Braves continued their mastery of the Washington Nationals with an 8-1 victory Tuesday night.

Hudson (3-1) is the 113th major leaguer to reach the 200-victory milestone and the third active pitcher to do it, joining the New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte (248) and Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (201).

The Braves (17-9) pounded Gio Gonzalez (2-2) for the second time this season and have beaten Washington nine straight times dating back to last September.

Hudson, who struck out six and walked two, is 108-66 with the Braves and 200-105 overall, with 16 of the victories coming against the Nationals franchise.

The loss dropped the Nationals (13-14) to 4 -1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League East with two games remaining in the four-game series at Turner Field.

Atlanta swept a three-game series in Washington in mid-April.

The Braves gave Hudson, making his third try for No. 200, an early cushion and he added to it with a home run leading off the bottom of fifth inning after Gonzalez, who was 21-8 last season, had departed. Hudson also had a double and is batting .429 (6 for 13).

Hudson didn't allow the Nationals a hit until Tyler Moore opened the top of the fifth with a double. He scored on a ground out.

Andrelton Simmons hit Gonzalez's second pitch of the game for a home run and a two-out double by Evan Gattis made it 2-0. Gonzalez worked out of a bases-loaded jam to end a 28-pitch first inning, but the Braves scored two more runs in the second and another in the fourth before the left-hander was pulled for a pinch hitter.

Hudson, flirting with an early homer, opened the second with a double off the left-center field wall, and Chris Johnson and Freddie Freeman delivered run-scoring singles. Then Gattis delivered his second RBI with a single in the fourth.

Gonzalez allowed seven hits and five walks, needing 95 pitches to make it through four innings as his ERA jumped to 5.34 with a second straight rough outing against the Braves. He gave up seven runs in five innings in a loss at Washington on April 14.

Zach Duke came in to pitching the fifth and was greeted by Hudson's opposite-field homer just over the right-field fence. The Braves added two more runs in the inning on a single by Freeman to go by seven runs.

It appeared that Hudson was headed to his 200th victory last Wednesday in Colorado, but the Rockies overcame a two-run deficit to tie the Braves against closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning and won in the 11th.

Hudson beat the Nationals in Washington on April 13 for victory No. 199, allowing one run over seven innings. That gave him a 15-5 record and 2.60 ERA in 27 starts against the franchise.

Notes: RHP Stephen Strasburg is expected to make his next start as scheduled on Saturday at Pittsburgh despite showing discomfort while working six innings in the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Braves on Monday. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Strasburg had "no problem" with his arm and only suffered "irritation" in his forearm possibly related to overuse of a muscle-stimulation machine prior to game. ... The Braves placed RHP Luis Ayala on the disabled list because of anxiety brought on by a scare with high blood pressure and recalled RHP David Carpenter from Class AAA Gwinnett. Ayala had made five relief appearances after being acquired from the Orioles and was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

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kevin 11 months, 3 weeks ago

They won with no help from Dan Uggla, who is the strikeout king the past 2 seasons. I guess once big salaries are paid to these "pros" they give up trying. Time to trade him. Not only has he been behind the eight ball when he is at bat (can't hit a fly on his nose," too many errors as well. Next season he won't be wearing a Braves' uniform for sure.

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