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ATLANTA -- As a .179 career hitter, Tim Hudson doesn't expect much when he steps to the plate.
After pulling off the unlikely feat of hitting a homer in his 200th career win, Hudson concluded "The stars were aligned and it was meant to be."
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Hudson was a dual threat in his milestone win, dominating on the mound over seven innings and hitting a homer and a double to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Hudson (3-1) stuck out six and walked two while giving up one run. One of the three hits he allowed was an infield single by Denard Span.
"It was a fun game," Hudson said. "Obviously, it's kind of surreal. No one expects to hit a home run."
Hudson's bat almost stole the night. He led off the second with a double to left field off Gio Gonzalez (2-2) and hit a fifth-inning homer off Zach Duke. Bryce Harper made a leaping attempt to catch the homer, but the ball bounced off his glove and over the wall.
"We're pitchers, we're not supposed to hit home runs anywhere," Hudson said.
The homer was the third of Hudson's career and first since June 20, 2011 against Toronto.
"It was Hudson's night," Gonzalez said. "Tip your cap."
The Braves, citing information from the Elias Sports Bureau, said Cleveland's Bob Lemon was the only other pitcher to hit a homer in his 200th win. Lemon's milestone came on Sept. 11, 1956.
The Braves led 4-0 after two innings and cruised to their ninth straight against Washington, dating to last season.
"That's the best I've seen him," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "He used all his pitches, as usual, and made a lot of good pitches.
"Just a heck of a ball game."
Moore started with Jayson Werth being held out because of a sore left ankle and tightness in his right hamstring. Werth fouled a ball off his ankle Monday night.
The Nationals (13-14) fell below .500 with their third straight loss.
"We're off to a slow start," Gonzalez said. "Once we turn it around it's going to be a big change."
Gonzalez lasted only four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and a season-high five walks with nine strikeouts. The left-hander has allowed five or more runs in three of his six starts this season, leaving his ERA at 5.34. It was the second start this season Gonzalez has pitched only four innings.
"Today is one of those things you just can't explain," Gonzalez said. "You either attack the strike zone or you don't. You get nine strikeouts and then five walks. Some good contact and then broken-bat hits."
Johnson said poor command prevented Gonzalez from executing his plan to attack Atlanta's hitters.
"It looked like he was going right after them," Johnson said. "Obviously, he wasn't keeping the ball down and hitting his spots."
After Simmons led off the first with a line-drive homer that just cleared the left-field wall, Justin Upton reached on a one-out walk and scored on a double by Gattis. Chris Johnson and Freeman had run-scoring singles in the second, and Gattis drove in another run with a single in the fourth.
The Braves stretched the lead with three runs off Duke in the fifth, including a two-run single by Freeman.
Anthony Varvaro pitched two perfect innings in relief of Hudson.
|Tim Hudson becomes the third active pitcher with 200 wins, joining Andy Pettitte and Roy Halladay. The HR is his third overall. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.276|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.173|
|Bryce Harper, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.344|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.136|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.301|
|Tyler Moore, LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Chad Tracy, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.167|
|Wilson Ramos, C||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.261|
|Gio Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.286|
|a- Roger Bernadina, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.056|
|Zach Duke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Henry Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for G. Gonzalez in the 5th|
|b-grounded out for Duke in the 8th|
|2B - Tyler Moore (4, Hudson)|
|3B - Ian Desmond (2, Hudson)|
|RBI - Wilson Ramos (4)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Wilson Ramos (2, Interference)|
|Gio Gonzalez (L,2-2)||4||7||5||5||5||9||1||5.34|
|IBB - Upton by Zach Duke|
|WP - Gio Gonzalez (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 96-57, Zach Duke 37-25, Henry Rodriguez 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 1-1, Zach Duke 5-3, Henry Rodriguez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 24, Zach Duke 14, Henry Rodriguez 4|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||5||3||3||1||0||0||1||.241|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||5||2||2||1||0||2||1||.369|
|Justin Upton, LF||2||1||0||0||3||2||1||.298|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||5||0||3||3||0||1||2||.319|
|Evan Gattis, C||4||0||2||2||1||0||3||.250|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||2||5||.169|
|B.J. Upton, CF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.143|
|Reed Johnson, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.194|
|Tim Hudson, P||3||2||2||1||0||1||0||.429|
|a- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.297|
|Anthony Varvaro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th|
|2B - Chris Johnson (7, Duke), Evan Gattis (6, G. Gonzalez), Tim Hudson (1, G. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Andrelton Simmons (2, G. Gonzalez), Tim Hudson (1, Duke)|
|RBI - Andrelton Simmons (9), Chris Johnson (9), Freddie Freeman 3 (12), Evan Gattis 2 (16), Tim Hudson (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman 3 (7), Evan Gattis 2 (9), Tim Hudson (2)|
|CS - B.J. Upton (3, 2nd base by G. Gonzalez/Ramos)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Tim Hudson (W,3-1)||7||3||1||1||2||6||0||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 96-64, Anthony Varvaro 22-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 11-4, Anthony Varvaro 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 26, Anthony Varvaro 6|
|Attendance - 19243|
|Game Time - 2:32|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Laz Diaz|