Hudson coasts to easy victory

ATLANTA - Tim Hudson became the latest pitcher to breeze past the Washington Nationals.


Hudson pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and Jeff Francoeur drove in five runs, sending the Atlanta Braves to an 8-0 victory Tuesday night that extended the hapless Nationals' losing streak to five.

Washington (1-7) has been outscored 53-18, falling behind by at least 3-0 in every game. The Nationals haven't scored in the first three innings of any game.

Arizona's Livan Hernandez took a no-hitter into the sixth against Washington on Sunday, and Hudson (1-0) held the Nationals without a hit for 4w innings before Ronnie Belliard blooped a single.

Hudson struck out seven and walked one, lowering his ERA to 0.64. Hudson struck out the side in the second after Dmitri Young's leadoff walk.

Mike Gonzalez and Chad Paronto combined to finish the four-hitter.

Washington starter Matt Chico (0-1) allowed four runs - one earned - and six hits in 4w innings. He was hurt by errors by Young at first and Belliard at shortstop.

Center fielder Andrew Jones hit his first homer of the season for the Braves, who are 6-1 for the first time since winning seven of their first eight en route to the 1995 World Series title.

Jones, hitting only .130 through six games, had a fourth-inning homer that landed about seven rows deep in the left-field seats.

Jones, who turns 30 on April 23, has 343 homers and broke a three-way tie for sixth place for most before the age of 30. Hank Aaron and Mel Ott hit 342.

After Belliard dropped Edgar Renteria's popup in the fifth, Francouer hit a two-run double over Ryan Church in center, then scored on Brian McCann's double, which chased Chico.

Renteria added an RBI double in the eighth, and Francouer hit a three-run homer Ray King.



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