video thumbnail

CIN@WSH: Gio one-hits Reds over eight strong innings

Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Tim Hudson.

The Braves right-hander once again goes for career win No. 200 on Tuesday at Turner Field against the Nationals, who are still searching for their first victory of the season against their division foe.

Hudson appeared to have his 200th win in the books when he exited his last start against the Rockies with a two-run lead in the sixth inning. Instead, Colorado came back for two in the ninth against closer Craig Kimbrel before eventually winning in the 11th.

Hudson, 37, sputtered in his first attempt for No. 200 on April 19 against the Pirates, giving up six runs in four-plus innings. On Monday, he'll give it another shot against the team he beat for victory No. 199 on April 13, when he tossed seven innings of one-run ball in Washington.

Because of that outing, and his career numbers against the Nationals -- 15-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 27 starts -- Hudson appears in good position to join the 112 others in the 200-win club.

Hudson also looks to give the Braves -- losers in eight of their last 12 -- a spark after Atlanta's return home following a stretch of 16 of 18 on the road.

Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals will know that weary-traveling feeling soon enough. Monday marked the beginning of a stretch where the Nationals play 22 of 32 on the road, which begins and ends at Turner Field.

Gonzalez hopes to build upon his last outing against the Reds, when he retired the first 11 batters he faced en route to an eight-inning performance in which he allowed one hit and struck out seven.

"He started right after them," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said afterward. "In the previous two games, he was missing early. [On Thursday], he was mixing his curveball. He was throwing them for strikes. … It was a fun game. Gio did one heck of a job. He really pounded the zone."

Nationals: April power
With one game remaining and 27 home runs already launched, the Nationals are three homers shy of tying the 2006 squad for the most April homers in franchise history.

• Washington relievers have been dominant as of late, going 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA in their last 14 games.

• The Nationals are 9-1 when recording at least nine hits, with their lone loss coming Monday night.

Braves: April record in sight
With 12 home runs, left fielder Justin Upton enters Tuesday's April finale two home runs shy of tying the all-time record for homers hit in the month of April, which is held by Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (2007).

• Infielder Chris Johnson has eight multi-hit contests in his last 14 games. Johnson is batting .393 with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs in that stretch.

• Braves pitchers have allowed 33 earned runs in their last five games.

Worth noting
• The Nationals are 11-1 when scoring first, compared to 2-12 when they do not.

• Kimbrel is two saves shy of 100 for his career.

• Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a .385 career hitter (15-for-39) with three homers and 11 RBIs against Hudson.

• Gonzalez is 2-3 with a 6.08 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta. Comments