Nationals beat Braves 8-4

Tim Kurkjian
Kurkjian talks about the Nat's All-Stars and what to expect from them in the 2nd half of the season.

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ATLANTA (AP) Tim Hudson knew it would be difficult to pitch in record temperatures. Falling behind by four runs in the first inning hardly helped. "I was going to pitch as long as I could," he said. "It wasn't exactly a great first inning."

Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in four runs, and Gio Gonzalez scuffled for his sixth straight road victory to help the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Sunday in 105-degree heat.

The temperature rose four degrees from the first pitch to 105 by the middle of the eighth inning. The National Weather Service reported that Atlanta broke an all-time record high at 106 on Saturday.

Gonzalez (11-3) capped his second All-Star selection despite allowing five hits, four runs and four walks in five-plus innings. He struck out four and threw 64 of his 114 pitches for strikes.

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