Braves’ Tim Hudson Wins 200th Game, Homers to Boot

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson became just the 113th person in the history of Major League Baseball to win 200 games Tuesday night in an 8-1 defeat of the rival Washington Nationals. Hudson is only the third active 200-game winner, joining the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte and the Phillies’ Roy Halladay.

Hudson also homered in the game, a solo home run off of Zach Duke in the 5th inning. The only other pitcher in the history of baseball to homer in his 200th win was the Indians’ Bob Lemon in 1956.

Husdson started his career with the Oakland A’s in 1999 and won 20 games in 2000 in just his second year as a big-league starter. He was traded to the Braves before the 2005 season, coming home of sorts — Hudson grew up in nearby Columbus, GA. Hudson is a three-time All Star and was named NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2010, when he won 17 games after a year off, due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Of his 200th win, Hudson said, “It was just one of those nights where things were lined up. The stars were aligned, and I guess it was meant to be.”

When asked about hitting a home run in his 200th win, he said, “It was a fun game all the way around. I felt like I threw the ball well. I felt like I was in command of the game throughout the seven innings. You know what? Sometimes if you swing hard, sometimes you hit it. That was the case tonight.”

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