The Atlanta Braves became just the third franchise in major league history to win 10,000 wins, joining the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants in a feat 140 years in the making. They just happened to do it the night Martin Prado returned after a month on the disabled list with a staph infection in his leg.
The Braves wasted no time taking back the lone run Tim Hudson gave up in the top of the first on a fielder's choice to the Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman. An RBI single from Freddie Freeman, an RBI double from Dan Uggla, an Ian Desmond error on a groundball hit by David Ross and a run-scoring single by Nate McLouth quickly turned the game to 4-1.
Tim Hudson even got in on the action with two hits, including a single to drive in Ross in the third inning.
Prado showed everyone he was just fine after a month off when he led off the fourth with a solo homer, which ultimately chased Washington starter Livan Hernandez after four innings. Hernandez gave up six runs, but only three of those were earned.
Prado and Heyward each hit RBI singles in the sixth, and Uggla reached on an error by Ryan ZImmerman, which scored Prado.
Freeman then capped Atlanta's scoring in the seventh with a two-run double to bring the score to its final 11-1.
Atlanta was aided by five Washington errors, which resulted in four unearned runs.
Hudson's seven innings and seven strikeouts were good enough for his ninth win of the season. He gave up a single walk and just the run in the first inning, bringing his ERA down to 3.44 on the year.
Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill combined for scoreless eighth and ninth innings to finish Atlanta's 55th win of the season.
The Braves remain 3.5 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the division lead after the Phillies' win over the New York Mets.
All-Star snub Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.44 ERA) will pitch for Atlanta in Saturday's 7:10 start. John Lannan (5-6, 3.64 ERA) will throw for the Nationals.
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