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Hudson's two homers power Jays

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orlando Hudson's offensive breakout helped the
Toronto Blue Jays back to .500, and ended an impressive RFK Stadium
run by the Washington Nationals.

Hudson hit two home runs -- including a tiebreaking two-run shot
in the eighth inning -- and Toronto beat Washington 9-5 Sunday,
snapping the Nationals' 12-game home winning streak.

"When the pitching's going great, the hitting's not going well.
When the hitting's not going well, the pitching is. ... It's just
great to get that big win," said Hudson, who had been 0-for-8 in
the weekend series before homering in the fifth for the Blue Jays'
first hit.

Eric Hinske led off the eighth with a double to right, and one
out later Hudson hit his sixth homer to right-center off Luis Ayala
(6-4).

After watching his team fall below .500 on Saturday, manager
John Gibbons was pleased to see the Blue Jays avoid a sweep in
their first trip to Washington.

"These guys have fallen before .500 before, and then they
bounce back up," Gibbons said of his 38-38 club. "Hopefully
this'll be the start of something. We beat a good team today."

Justin Speier (1-1) got the final two outs in the seventh,
Miguel Batista pitched two innings for his 14th save and the Blue
Jays halted a six-game road losing streak.

Junior Spivey homered and Vinny Castilla had two RBI for the
Nationals, who had won three straight and five of six overall.

Washington fell a game short of matching the franchise record
for consecutive home victories, set by the Montreal Expos from Aug.
28-Sept. 15, 1979.

"It just didn't happen for us today," Nationals outfielder
Marlon Byrd said. "We've been rolling, so this was a little out of
character."

Hudson's solo homer in the fifth started a four-run rally that
erased the Nationals' 2-1 lead. Shea Hillenbrand put the Blue Jays
up 4-2 with a two-run, ground-rule double into the corner in right
field, chasing starter Tony Armas.

"I can't explain it," Armas said. "I don't know what
happened. I let my team down. I left everybody down."

Hector Carrasco came on, hit Aaron Hill with a pitch to load the
bases and then threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

Washington tied at 5 it on Jamey Carroll's fielder's choice in
the sixth, and Castilla's two-run double off Justin Speier in the
seventh.

"To tie it at 5-5 and go right back out there and give it up,
that's tough," Washington manager Frank Robinson said. "That one
was the one that was kind of devastating."

Toronto scored twice in the ninth on Vernon Wells' RBI single
and Hinske's sacrifice fly.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring an unearned run
without getting a base hit. Reed Johnson drew a leadoff walk and
scored when Hillenbrand hit a one-hopper to Armas, whose soft toss
to catcher Gary Bennett was fumbled.

Washington took the lead with two runs in the third. With one
out, Spivey hit a Gustavo Chacin pitch over the wall in left-center
for his seventh homer. Jose Guillen doubled down the left-field
line, stole third and scored by beating second baseman Hudson's
throw home on Nick Johnson's fielder's choice grounder.

Armas gave up five runs -- four earned -- and three hits in 4 2/3
innings. He walked three and struck out five.

"He just lost focus and concentration," Robinson said when
asked why Armas unraveled so quickly.

Chacin gave up three runs and five hits, with three walks and
two strikeouts. He left with a 5-2 lead after 5 1/3 innings.

Game notes
The Nationals finished interleague play 12-6, while Toronto
was 8-10. ... 1B Nick Johnson walked in the first and has now
reached base via a walk, hit or hit by pitch in 69 of Washington's
74 games. He left the game after scoring the tying run in the
seventh with a bruised right heel and was sent to the hospital for
precautionary X-rays and will be reevaluated Monday.