Hudson boasts an AL-low 3.17 ERA, but has allowed six runs over 10 2-3 innings in two starts since returning from the DL on Aug. 7. The right-hander, who had been sidelined since June 22 because of a strained left oblique muscle, is 0-1 over that span.
After losing 4-3 to Johan Santana and the Minnesota Twins in his first game back, the All-Star right-hander showed improvement in the A’s 5-3 loss to Detroit on Thursday, giving up two runs and six hits, while striking out six over five innings.
“He had good movement and his command was pretty good,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “He didn’t want to come out, but it was one of the stepping stones to getting him back, full blast.”
Hudson, who has made four starts since his last win on June 11, is 7-1 with a 2.43 ERA in eight career starts against the Orioles.
The A’s took the series opener 3-1 on Monday, just their second victory in their last six games.
Erubiel Durazo was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the A’s, giving the designated hitter a .471 (16-for-34) average over his last nine games. He has three doubles and five RBIs over that stretch.
Oakland leads Texas by a half-game atop the AL West.
Javy Lopez homered and drove in the lone run for the Orioles, who lost for just the third time in their last 14 games.
Miguel Tejada, who signed with Baltimore this past offseason after spending his first seven seasons in Oakland, was 0-for-4 in his first game against his former team. Tejada leads the majors with 107 RBIs.
The Orioles have dropped eight of the last 10 games against the A’s.