Apparently, the man just wanted a little drama.

Tim Hudson came up short his first two attempts at 200 wins, both on the road, but his third try Tuesday night at Turner Field played out like one long tribute to the many facets of Hudson’s game.

He dominated the Nationals in an 8-1 victory every way he could, leaving a vapor trail to go along with the mess of shaving cream on the clubhouse carpet from the postgame celebration. While becoming the 110th major league pitcher to reach 200 wins, Hudson was only the second one to homer while he was at it.

Cleveland’s Bob Lemon also hit a home run in his 200th win on Sept. 11, 1956, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“It was just one of those nights where things were lined up,” said Hudson, who also doubled for the first multi-extra-base hit game of his career. “The stars were aligned, and I guess it was meant to be.”

With his wife and daughter watching in the stands, along with his father, brothers, nieces and nephews, Hudson won his 200th game the same way he won his first with Oakland in 1999. He gave up one earned run in seven innings and showed why he’s still the Braves ace at age 37.

He didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and only three in all, including an infield hit, while coaxing 11 groundball outs. He gave up a run in the fifth on Tyler Moore’s leadoff double and two groundouts. Otherwise the only time the Nationals threatened was after Ian Desmond tripled to lead off the seventh inning.

That just gave Hudson a reason to buckle down. He stranded Desmond on a groundout and two of his six strikeouts.

“It didn’t even feel like we were pitching really until we had the runner on third in the seventh inning with nobody out and we left him there,” said catcher Evan Gattis, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. “It was awesome. It was a privilege.”

After a season-worst six-run night in Pittsburgh and a Craig Kimbrel blown save in Colorado on Justin Upton’s misplay in left field, Hudson had some time to get some perspective on what it would be like to reach the 200-win plateau.

He became the fifth Braves pitcher to get there and followed in the footsteps of Greg Maddux (1998), Tom Glavine (2000) and John Smoltz (2007) by doing it at Turner Field.

“It’s a great accomplishment for anybody, but I feel like it’s something along the way,” Hudson said. “Hopefully I can accomplish more in this game. I feel like I can play for a while. I haven’t really missed a beat from 17, 18 years ago. Just a little more crafty nowadays. Definitely more pop.”