Hudson was hit hard by Baltimore on Wednesday, as he gave up five runs and eight hits in just three innings—his shortest outing of the season—during the Orioles’ 9-0 win.
“It was just one of those nights man: bad,” Hudson said.
“You don’t see Tim Hudson on the mound without his good stuff very often, and tonight was one of those nights,” Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said after that game.
The 28-year-old right-hander won his previous five starts, and seven straight decisions. In 18 starts, he had never pitched less than six innings and had a 7-0 record over the Orioles.
That loss to Baltimore snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Athletics, who have dropped three of four games since—including a devastating 11-2 loss to the Devil Rays on Sunday. Barry Zito, last year’s Cy Young Award winner gave up seven runs, six hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.
“The bad news is we lost today,” Manager Ken Macha said Sunday. “We’re going to go home and we’re going to have the lead. It’s going to go down to the wire.”
Oakland is at the top of the AL West with a two-game lead over Seattle. The Athletics’ remaining 19 games are all against division teams, against whom Oakland is 22-17 this season.
Anaheim split a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals, getting shut out in the losses. The Angels begin a seven-game road trip, and head to Seattle after this series.
The Angels have to go 12-7 the rest of the season to avoid becoming the first AL team since the 1986 Royals (76-76) to finish with a losing record a year after winning the World Series.
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 15 GB, AL West. Athletics - 1st place, AL West.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Aaron Sele (7-10, 5.88 ERA). Sele was pulled from his last start after 2 2-3 innings, giving up nine runs and eight hits in the Angels’ 12-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. He is 14-7 with a 3.78 ERA in his 29 career starts against Oakland.
ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Hudson (14-5, 2.57 ERA). The right-hander is 12-4 including one shutout with a 3.42 ERA in 19 career starts against the Angels.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .315 avg., 29 HRs and 113 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 72 runs; Adam Kennedy, 18 SBs. Athletics - Eric Chavez, .280 avg. and 25 HRs; Miguel Tejada, 89 RBIs and 86 runs; Eric Byrnes and Tejada, 9 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Athletics, 7-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - RHP Ramon Ortiz will not make his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to the death of his father, Alfonso, on Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia will start RHP Chris Bootcheck, the Angels No. 1 draft pick in 2000, in place of Ortiz—for his major league debut. … RF Salmon did not start Sunday because of a stiff back. Athletics - C Scott Hatteberg did not play Sunday due to a sore back. … OF Jermaine Dye was not in the lineup Sunday. He has been 0-for-11 since his return from DL Tuesday. Macha said Dye will play Monday. … Oakland plans to call up RHP Justin Duchscherer from Triple-A Sacramento to start Tuesday’s game against Anaheim.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 29-41 on the road; Athletics - 50-21 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - SS David Eckstein (nerve), 15-day DL, 3B Troy Glaus, (shoulder), 15-day DL, CF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL, RHP Matt Wise (elbow) 60-day DL, DH-1B Brad Fullmer (knee), 60-day DL, C Bengie Molina (wrist), 60-day DL. Athletics - LHP Micah Bowie (elbow), 15-day DL, LHP Mark Mulder (hip), 15-day DL.