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Hudson stellar as Braves pound Nationals

Jul 16, 2011 - 5:33 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tim Hudson's superb all-around effort propelled the Atlanta Braves to a 11-1 victory over the Washington Nationals in opener of a three-game series.

A night after celebrating his 36th birthday, Hudson (9-6) helped the Braves to their 10,000th win in club history, allowing just one run on seven hits over seven frames.

He retired 12 consecutive batters at one point and fanned seven, while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Hudson also moved to 12-3 lifetime against Washington.

Martin Prado returned from the disabled list to belt a home run and knock in two runs, while Freddie Freeman added three RBI for the Braves, who won for the sixth time in eight games.

Livan Hernandez (5-9) was roughed up for six runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in just four innings.

The Nationals, who have dropped four of five, committed five errors in the contest.

Washington got on the board first, as Roger Bernadina and Danny Espinosa began the game with consecutive singles, before Ryan Zimmerman's grounder to short plated Bernadina.

The lead was fleeting, however, as the Braves pushed four across in the home half, partially due to three Nationals errors. Michael Morse committed two of those gaffes on Jordan Schafer's leadoff grounder. Morse initially misplayed the ball, allowing Schafer to reach safely, then threw it away, as Schafer took second.

Jason Heyward worked a walk after a Prado fly out and Freeman followed with a single to right, scoring Schafer and placing runners on the corners.

Dan Uggla then ripped a double down the left field line to score Heyward, and David Ross followed with a routine grounder to short, which caromed off the heel of Ian Desmond's glove, allowing Freeman to cross the plate.

Nate McLouth's bloop shot to center scored Uggla and put the Braves on top 4-1.

Hudson helped himself in the third with a two-out RBI single, bringing home Ross, who reached earlier on a ground-rule double and advanced to third on McClouth's base hit to right.

Prado began the fourth with a line drive shot to left -- his ninth home run of the season.

"I was glad that I came back to play," said Prado. "I was so sad that I couldn't do anything to help the team win. I worked real hard to get back sooner and faster. Just having a nice first game gives me a lot of confidence to keep doing what I'm doing."

Hudson was not done. After setting down his 11th consecutive batter in the top of the sixth, he led off the bottom half with a double to right, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Prado's single to left.

Heyward then drove in Schafer, who reached earlier on a walk, with a single to right.

Later in the frame, Uggla reached safely and Prado crossed the plate on Ryan Zimmerman's fielding error, as the Braves took a comfortable 9-1 lead.

Freeman plated Schafer and Heyward in the seventh with a two-out double for the final margin.

"I don't think finishing .500 is what we're looking for," said Desmond of the Nationals, who fell to 46-47. "Our offense wasn't really there in the first half and we look forward to getting it going in the second half."

Game Notes

Only the Giants (10,490) and Cubs (10,278) have won more major league games than the Braves...Prado was activated from the 15-day DL prior to the contest...The Nationals trail the wild card-leading Braves by nine games...Uggla has hit safely in seven straight games...Hudson registered his first multi-hit game since July 10, 2010.






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  • WASHINGTON: 1
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    Jul 15 10:33 PM


  • Freddie Freeman double to center scored Jordan Schafer and Jason Heyward with two out. Runner on second and Dan Uggla due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 11  Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 15 10:00 PM


  • David Ross walked. Bases loaded with one out and Nate McLouth due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 9  Bot 6, 1 OutJul 15 9:36 PM


  • Jason Heyward single to right scored Jordan Schafer with none out. On the play, Martin Prado advances to second. Runners on first and second and Freddie Freeman due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 15 9:30 PM


  • Martin Prado single to left scored Tim Hudson with none out. On the play, Jordan Schafer advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jason Heyward due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 15 9:30 PM


  • Martin Prado lead-off Home Run (9) to left. Jason Heyward due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 15 8:55 PM


  • Tim Hudson single to right scored David Ross with two out. On the play, Nate McLouth advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jordan Schafer due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 5  Bot 3, 2 OutsJul 15 8:43 PM


  • Nate McLouth single to center scored Dan Uggla with one out. On the play, David Ross advances to second. Runners on first and second and Alex Gonzalez due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 4  Bot 1, 1 OutJul 15 8:01 PM


  • David Ross reached first on Ian Desmond's error scoring Freddie Freeman with one out. On the play, Dan Uggla advances to third. Runners on first and third and Nate McLouth due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 3  Bot 1, 1 OutJul 15 8:00 PM


  • Dan Uggla double to left scored Jason Heyward with one out. On the play, Freddie Freeman advances to third. Runners on second and third and David Ross due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 2  Bot 1, 1 OutJul 15 7:58 PM
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  • Freddie Freeman single to right scored Jordan Schafer with one out. On the play, Jason Heyward advances to third. Runners on first and third and Dan Uggla due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 1  Bot 1, 1 OutJul 15 7:58 PM


  • Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second scoring Roger Bernadina with one out. Danny Espinosa out at second. Runner on first with one out and Michael Morse due up.

    Nationals 1, Braves 0  Top 1, 1 OutJul 15 7:42 PM


  • WASHINGTON: 0
    ATLANTA: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Jul 15 7:37 PM
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