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Atlanta at Washington

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Atlanta (4-6) «000001002380
Washington (3-8)000000000030

Braves 3, Nationals 0

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WASHINGTON -- It wasn't exactly a sleight of hand, but Tim Hudson's pitching performance Friday night sure looked magical.

Hudson scattered three hits over eight innings, outpitching Matt Chico and helping the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 3-0 and send the Nationals to their eighth straight loss.

Hudson, who said he'd been suffering from a head cold for the last week, made all eight innings look easy, even though he admitted to running out of gas at the end.

"It was all I could do to get through that eighth, to be honest with you," he said. "I felt like I was Houdini out there."

Hudson (2-0) struck out five and walked two in improving to 6-1 all-time against the Nationals. Yunel Escobar hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, and the Braves added two runs in the ninth on a bases-loaded single by Matt Diaz.

Chico (0-2) gave Washington eight strong innings, allowing one run and five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. It was the longest outing of his career, but his only pitch to Escobar in the sixth inning cost him the game.

"That's the biggest thing for me," Chico said. "I gave up that run and we lost. It's my fault."

Chico made one mistake. Hudson didn't make any.

Only once did Hudson allow a baserunner to second -- Lastings Milledge advanced Cristian Guzman on a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning.

Guzman had singled to lead off the fourth, and Hudson did not allow another hit until Austin Kearns singled in the seventh. Kearns was then caught stealing, a fitting end to the Nationals' only baserunner over the final four innings.

"Hudson pitched a great game tonight," said Nationals left fielder Willie Harris, who was 0-for-2. "I wouldn't say we beat ourselves. I'd say Hudson beat us tonight."

Peter Moylan retired the side in the ninth for his first save of the season. He said he was as impressed with Hudson's performance as anyone.

"I haven't seen (Hudson) fail yet," Moylan said. "It seems every game he's in he throws six, seven innings of shutout baseball. It's amazing to watch."

Escobar opened the scoring by barely clearing the out-of-town video scoreboard on the right field wall. His second homer of the year gave the Braves a 1-0 lead, a cushion that gave Hudson a little breathing room against Chico.

"I was excited," Hudson said. "(Chico) looked really good. He was putting up zeros, and it had the feel of one of those games going late into the game scoreless on both sides."

Other than the home run pitch, Chico was nearly as dominant as Hudson. He retired eight straight batters and 11 of 12 before Escobar's home run.

"(Chico) was nasty tonight," Diaz said. "We feel Tim Hudson right now is the best pitcher in baseball and he matched him pitch for pitch."

Chico's performance wasn't enough to end the Nationals' slide, though. Their eight game losing streak is the longest since also dropping eight straight from May 1-8, 2007.

Washington manager Manny Acta had called a closed-door meeting before the game to address the losing streak. During the meeting, Acta told his players that small errors were hurting them in close contests. It happened once again Friday night.

"The hits are going to start falling," Harris said. "We have to keep clawing, and it will get better."

Notes

Atlanta LHP Mike Hampton threw 40-50 pitches before the game and plans to throw again on Sunday. He's on the 15-day disabled list (left pectoral muscle). ... Washington RHP Chad Cordero pitched a perfect inning in his second rehab assignment for Class-A Potomac. Cordero, who's been on the 15-day disabled list (right shoulder tendenitis), said he threw just seven pitches and hopes to be reactivated in the next few days. ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman was 0-for-4. He's hitless in his last 16 at-bats. ... Washington 1B Dmitri Young had an epidural injection in his spine. He's on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

Y. Escobar
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010011 .276
Yunel Escobar, SS4221001 .333
Chipper Jones, 3B4110000 .372
Mark Teixeira, 1B3010100 .179
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010014 .262
Brian McCann, C3000114 .303
Matt Diaz, LF4012021 .250
Mark Kotsay, CF4010002 .270
Tim Hudson, P2000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Totals3238325  
Batting
HR - Yunel Escobar (2, Chico)
SH - Tim Hudson (2)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (9), Matt Diaz 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (6), Matt Diaz 2 (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,2-0) 8300250 2.14
Peter Moylan (S,1) 1000020 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 96-64, Peter Moylan 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 11-6
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Peter Moylan 3
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4010010 .294
Lastings Milledge, CF3000000 .289
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000021 .191
Nick Johnson, 1B2000100 .286
Austin Kearns, RF3020002 .250
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3000011 .211
Jesus Flores, C2000020 .364
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH1000000 .240
    Paul Lo Duca, C0000000 .233
Willie Harris, LF2000110 .067
Matt Chico, P2000001 .143
   b- Johnny Estrada, PH1000000 .333
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Totals2703027  
a-grounded out for Flores in the 8th
b-grounded out for Chico in the 8th
Batting
SH - Lastings Milledge (1)
CS - Austin Kearns (1, 2nd base by Hudson/McCann)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Guzman-N. Johnson, Belliard-Guzman-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
Matt Chico (L,0-2) 8511131 3.72
Jon Rauch 1322120 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Chico 91-62, Jon Rauch 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Chico 11-8
Batters Faced - Matt Chico 28, Jon Rauch 7
Game Information
Attendance - 28051
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Brian Knight