Hudson Bests Strasburg, Braves Continue Streak With 3-1 Win Over Nationals

Rob Carr

Tim Hudson lasted seven innings and received some offensive help from Evan Gattis in extending Atlanta's winning streak to eight games.

No extra innings needed today for the Braves. Tim Hudson dominated Nationals hitters over seven innings and Evan Gattis hit his fourth home run of the season, continuing Atlanta's winning streak to make them the first team to 10 wins this season with a 3-1 win over Washington.

From the get-go, Hudson was in command. He was the beneficiary of two double plays in the first two innings to help him face the minimum through three frames despite his throwing error in the first. He was economical with his pitches, throwing just 74 through six innings.

On the other side, Stephen Strasburg struggled with pitch location, going to a 3-ball count on eight hitters. He wasn't at all sharp, giving up an infield single to Dan Uggla in the second inning, followed later by a walk to Ramiro Pena. He only escaped the inning when Uggla tried to score on Hudson's two-out single to left and was thrown out at the plate.

Strasburg and the Nats wouldn't be so fortunate, however, the very next inning. With two outs in the third, Justin Upton reached base on Ryan Zimmerman's throwing error ahead of Evan Gattis, and Gattis tomahawked a high fastball over Atlanta's bullpen to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.

Hudson continued to cruise, allowing only Danny Espinosa's fifth-inning home run. He finished his outing with four hits allowed and three strikeouts in seven innings, punctuated by Jason Heyward's diving catch to end the seventh. He did not walk a batter. Strasburg, despite his troubles, kept his team close with six innings of work and seven strikeouts.

Atlanta added an insurance run in the ninth, loading the bases on three singles against Ryan Mattheus; Jason Heyward drove in the run by beating out a double play grounder.

Craig Kimbrel earned his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth.

Justin Upton stole his first two bases of the season; the second one was suspect as he appeared to be tagged out, but was left stranded in the eighth.

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