Hudson threw six scoreless innings and Justin Upton hit a towering home run to lead the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
Hudson came into the game with a 5.40 ERA this spring. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none.
“That’s him, right there,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “His command on all his pitches was excellent.”
Hudson threw 45 of his 65 pitches for strikes.
“Today was the biggest step I’ve made this spring,” Hudson said. “My arm strength felt a lot better and that means a lot to all of my pitches.”