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Hudson Dominant In Braves Shutout Win Over Jays

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Hudson's homer was all the Braves needed tonight.
Hudson's homer was all the Braves needed tonight.

Tim Hudson pretty much won this game by himself.

Hudson took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning, outpitching Toronto starter Ricky Romero and even hit his second career home run in a 2-0 Braves victory over the Blue Jays.

His dominant run started in the second inning. Following a one-out single by J.P. Arencibia, Hudson retired 20 straight hitters. He induced 14 groundouts, nine of them to Alex Gonzalez, and struck out eight.

While Hudson stymied the Jays bats, the Braves offense tried to break through against Romero. Four times in the first six innings did the Braves put a runner on second base, but they failed to score each time.

The game was scoreless into the seventh, and that's when Hudson helped himself. With one on and two outs, Hudson crushed...CRUSHED...the first pitch he saw for a two-run home run and Romero knew it when he hit it.

Two hitters reached against Hudson in the ninth, and that's when Craig Kimbrel slammed the door. He struck out the side, two of them swinging, for his 20th save.

Jose Bautista's 24-game reaching base streak came to an end; he was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Yunel Escobar was 1 for 4 in his return to Atlanta since the 2010 trade.

Hudson also reached a personal milestone: his strikeout of Arencibia in the fifth inning was the 1,600th of his career.