Atlanta broke a first-place tie with Washington in the NL East with Tuesday’s 3-2 win. Andruw Jones drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning to give the Braves the win.
Jones also doubled and scored the tying run in the ninth as the Braves rallied against Chad Cordero, who leads the majors with 34 saves.
“We’ll take any win we can get,” said Jones, who is tied for the major league lead with 32 homers. “You have to be patient in these situations and I was.”
Like his team, which has had as many as three starting pitchers, its starting catcher and third baseman Chipper Jones banged up for long stretches this season, Hudson has rebounded from injury to regain his effectiveness.
Hudson is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts since spending about four weeks on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.
The veteran right-hander allowed three earned run over six innings, but didn’t figure in the decision in Atlanta’s 6-5 loss at Arizona on Friday.
Hudson had been seeking his 100th career win in his 200th start. Only five pitchers since 1970 have notched 100 wins in fewer than 200 games—Andy Pettitte, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, and Mike Mussina.
“I thought he pitched pretty well. He threw the ball good enough to win,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said.
Losers of 14 of their last 19, the Nationals will hope for some relief from starter Esteban Loaiza on Wednesday. The veteran right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.50 ERA over his last nine starts.