Hudson's recent improvement and escapability is exactly what Cox wants to see, particularly with his team not yet out of the Wild Card race."Timmy left that game with just one run," Cox said. "Sometimes you just pull for certain guys. ... He worked out of some jams in the first few innings." Quotable: "It was 32, 38 years ago. You see the yellow line on the top of that fence? That's about where mine went. ... You see that yellow line? That's what they painted for me." -- Cox commenting on a home run he hit at RFK and comparing it to the lengthy blasts of Frank "Hondo" Howard. Howard's longest shots are commemorated by white seats in left, left-center and center field of the upper deck. Stats of the day: The Braves are 9-1-1 in their last 11 season series against Washington, with their only season series loss coming in 2000 (6-7). ... The Nationals and Braves are tied for the Major League lead in pinch hits with 48. ... Marcus Giles has a .438 average against Ramon Ortiz with two home runs in 16 career at-bats against the Washington right-hander. Coming up: The Braves continue their four-game series at RFK with a 7:05 p.m. ET contest with the Nationals. Cormier (2-3, 6.12) will take the hill for Atlanta against Washington's Pedro Astacio (2-2, 5.56).
Michael Walsh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.