Tim Hudson was getting a little tired of no-decisions.
After picking up his first win in nearly a month in his last start, Hudson will look to add another to his total when the Oakland Athletics meet the San Francisco Giants in the middle game of their Bay Area interleague series at Network Associates Coliseum.
While the A’s were 11-3 in Hudson’s first 14 starts this season, the 27-year-old right-hander had just four wins to show for it. His teammates were determined to change that in a 9-1 win over the Montreal Expos on Sunday.
Through seven innings, Hudson allowed one run and six hits. While he was glad to finally pick up a victory, he said he has been happy with his performance all season.
“I think I’ve pitched as well as I ever have,” Hudson said. “The win-loss record isn’t there. That’s one stat that’s the furthest from the truth in the way a pitcher’s pitching.”
Hudson will now look to help the A’s extend their season-best winning streak to eight games. In Friday’s series opener, Aaron Harang pitched 5 2-3 solid innings for his first victory of the season, and Miguel Tejada had another big game for Oakland.
A day after setting a career high with five hits, the 2002 American League MVP hit a three-run homer.
Barry Bonds hit his 633rd career home run and 20th of the season for the Giants. He went 1-for-4 in the 2,500th game of his career.
San Francisco, which lost for the fourth time in five games, fell into a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place (tied), NL West. Athletics - 2nd place, 5 1/2 GB, AL West.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jerome Williams (0-1, 4.98 ERA). Williams has not earned a decision in any of his past three starts. On Sunday, the 21-year-old right-hander worked six innings, allowing two runs and six hits in the Giants’ 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Williams has never faced Oakland.
ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Hudson (5-2, 3.08 ERA). In five career games against the Giants, Hudson is 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Ray Durham, .316 avg.; Bonds, 20 HRs, 43 RBIs and 49 runs; Durham and Marquis Grissom, 6 SBs. Athletics - Eric Byrnes, .332 avg., 41 runs and 7 SBs; Eric Chavez and Tejada, 13 HRs; Tejada, 45 RBIs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Giants - 7-6. Athletics - 7-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - The Giants learned on Friday that RHP Kurt Ainsworth will be out longer than they thought. They originally expected him to return from his shoulder injury soon, but he left a rehab start at Triple-A Fresno after just 34 pitches on Wednesday because of stiffnes in the shoulder. He will get a second opinion, but he could be out for “weeks,” trainer Stan Conte said. … RF Jose Cruz is batting .158 (3-for-19) in his career against RHP Hudson. … The Giants have not had a series win in Oakland since sweeping a two-game set June 22-23, 1998. Athletics - INF Olmedo Saenz, who was cut by Oakland but signed a minor league contract in the offseason, is with the A’s for the weekend rehabbing his ruptured right Achilles’ tendon. … LHP Micah Bowie, on the DL with a strained left elbow, has played catch twice this week and hopes to begin long-tossing next week. … LF Byrnes has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. He went 2-for-4 Friday.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 22-16 on the road; Athletics - 27-10 at home.