On Monday, Hudson gave up three earned runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Angels—his second straight defeat since a seven-game winning streak.
The right-hander threw six scoreless innings, but tired late in the outing, giving up a solo homer in thge seventh and two runs in the eighth. He threw 127 pitches—the second-longest outing of his career—before manager Gene Macha took him out of the game.
“The last couple of innings I just didn’t make good pitches and opened the door for them,” Hudson said. “I can’t really blame anybody but myself.”
Hudson, whose 2.61 ERA ranks second in the AL behind Pedro Martinez’ mark of 2.36, gave up five earned runs and eight hits in just three innings in his previous start, a 9-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Hudson had 10 no-decisions in the first half of the season, while giving up three or fewer earned runs in nine of those outings.
However, he is 9-3 with a 1.91 ERA over his last 15 starts, and batters are hitting just .194 against him during that stretch.
On Friday, the Athletics beat the Rangers 9-3 for their fourth straight win. Mark Ellis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and Erubiel Durazo hit a go-ahead two-run single for Oakland, which remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners in the AL West.
STANDINGS: Athletics - 1st place, AL West. Rangers - 4th place, 22 1/2 GB, AL West.
ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Tim Hudson (14-6, 2.61 ERA). On Monday, Hudson gave up three earned runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Angels—his second straight defeat since a seven-game winning streak. The right-hander is 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rangers.
RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: R.A. Dickey (8-7, 5.24 ERA). Dickey gave up five earned runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings of last Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins—his second straight defeat. The 26-year-old rookie right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two career relief appearances against the Athletics.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Athletics - Eric Chavez, .283 avg. and 27 HRs; Miguel Tejada, 94 RBIs and 90 runs; Eric Byrnes and Tejada, 9 SBs. Rangers - Hank Blalock, .311 avg.; Rodriguez, 42 HRs, 106 RBIs, 115 runs and 16 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Athletics, 10-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Athletics - RHP Keith Foulke earned his 41st save in 46 chances on Friday. … DH-1B Durazo is 12-for-30 (.400) with four walks over his last eight games. … The A’s have lost ground in the AL West on just one day since Aug. 16. On Monday, they lost when the Mariners had the day off. Rangers - The Rangers opened a 10-game homestand Friday, their last of the season. … SS Rodriguez has hit 339 home runs at shortstop, six shy of the all-time record of 345 held by Cal Ripken. Ripken played in 2,303 games at shortstop, while Rodriguez has played in 1,252 at the position. … RHP Joaquin Benoit is day-to-day with a strained muscle in his right shoulder.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Athletics - 35-38 on the road; Rangers - 38-34 at home.
INJURIES: Athletics - LHP Micah Bowie (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Mark Mulder (leg), 15-day DL. Rangers - INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Juan Gonzalez (calf), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL; OF Kevin Mench (wrist), 60-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (back), 60-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (hip), 60-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Benoit (shoulder), day-to-day.