Braves win eighth straight with 3-1 victory over Nationals

Atlanta Braves outfielders Jason Heyward, left, and Justin Upton. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tim Hudson pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Evan Gattis homered, and the Atlanta Braves beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 3-1 Saturday for their eighth straight victory.

Hudson (2-0) allowed one run, walked none and struck out three in improving his lifetime record against Washington to 15-5. Not only did the right-hander outpitch Strasburg, but he also got two singles off Washington's hard-throwing ace.

Strasburg (1-2) gave up two unearned runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter.

Atlanta took the lead for good in the third inning, when Gattis homered after a two-out throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. It was the fourth homer in eight games for Gattis, who made his major league debut on April 3.

Scoring Summary{}ATLWSH{}3rdE Gattis homered to left center (426 feet), J Upton scored.20{}5thD Espinosa homered to right (388 feet).21{}9thJ Heyward grounded into fielder's choice to second, C Johnson scored, B Upton out at second, R Pena to third.31