Oakland has dropped six of its last seven games, including a 10-3 loss in Monday’s series opener. The A’s dropped into a virtual first-place tie in the AL West with the idle Texas Rangers, and are just a half-game ahead of Anaheim.
Hudson has pitched well of late, going 2-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his last four starts. However, he continues to be let down by the A’s shaky bullpen.
Of the Oakland’s league-leading 14 blown saves, five have come at Hudson’s expense. He left Thursday’s 5-4 loss to St. Louis with a two-run lead, but the bullpen allowed three runs in the ninth inning.
“Every bullpen is going to have its ups and downs,” Hudson said. “But it seems when they have their downs it’s usually in my games.”
The Angels haven’t played much better, winning just four of their previous 15 games after holding a three-game lead over the A’s on June 3.
Anaheim has had a lot of success against Oakland this season, taking five of the first seven meetings, including a three-game sweep in Oakland in April.
The teams will play seven of their next 10 games against each other.
Vladimir Guerrero was 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in Monday’s win.