ATLANTA (AP) -- Tim Hudson became the latest pitcher to breeze
past the Washington Nationals.
Hudson pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and Jeff
Francouer 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 4 2-3 innings before Ronnie Belliard blooped a
single. Hudson struck out seven and walked one, lowering his ERA to
Mike Gonzalez and Chad Paronto combined to finish the
Matt Chico (0-1) allowed four runs -- one earned -- and six hits
in 4 2-3 innings. He was hurt by errors by Dmitri Young at first
and Belliard at shortstop.
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.
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.
Notes: Hudson struck out the side in the second after Young's
leadoff walk. 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.