Former Auburn Pitcher Throws Shutout

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 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tim Hudson held Washington to seven hits in a
complete game, the first by an Atlanta pitcher this season, and the
Braves topped the Nationals 3-0 on Sunday to keep their flickering
playoff hopes alive.
   Hudson (16-8) broke a three-game losing streak and needed only
100 pitches for his 10th career shutout and 21st complete game. He
improved to 4-0 against Washington this season, giving up only two
runs in 30 innings.
   The right-hander allowed two first-inning singles and scattered
five more hits the rest of the way. D'Angelo Jimenez led off the
sixth with a double, advanced to third on an infield out and was
stranded there. Hudson walked one, struck out six and added a
single and double.
   The Braves began the day 81/2 games behind the front-running New
York Mets in the NL East and 51/2 games behind the San Diego Padres
in the NL wild-card race.
   Atlanta got the only runs it needed in the third on Mark
Teixeira's two-run, bases-loaded single to right field. Hudson led
off with an infield single, and one out later, Edgar Renteria and
Chipper Jones drew walks. Teixeira followed with a base hit off
Shawn Hill (4-4) just past first baseman Robert Fick's glove.
   Kelly Johnson broke an 0-for-14 streak with his 16th home run of
the year, a line shot to center with two outs in the fourth that
padded the lead.
   Hill, who missed three months with a sore right elbow, lost for
the first time since May 1. In his previous eight starts, he had
two wins and six no-decisions.
Notes:  Atlanta purchased the contract of OF Brandon Jones from
Triple-A Richmond on Sunday. He started -- giving the Braves three
players with the same last name in the lineup. Chipper and Andruw
Jones also started. It was the first time a team started three
players with the same last name since the Pittsburgh Pirates had
three players named Brown start on Sept. 29, 1999. Brandon Jones
was 0-for-4. ... Washington 1B Dmitri Young missed the game with a
stiff neck and a headache. Young was hit by a hard shot from
Teixeira in Saturday's game. ... Atlanta RHP Buddy Carlyle has a
hyperextended right elbow and will miss his Tuesday start.

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