The AL West-leading Oakland Athletics have been gaining some ground over their division opponents.
Some of the credit rests with their solid pitching.
The 29-year-old right-hander has won three straight starts while posting a 1.16 ERA during that span. He gave up four runs—two earned—and four hits in seven innings of a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday. Oakland committed three errors, but Hudson was unfazed.
“If anything, it makes me want to tighten the strike zone a little more and try to let the guys behind me get in the game again,” Hudson said after getting his 10th win of the season. “We have the best defensive team in the league and tonight was just one of those fluky things.”
Hudson missed more than a month with a strained left stomach muscle. He struggled in his first outing back but looks to have rediscovered his rhythm.
“I feel fresh right now,” said Hudson, 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA since returning to the rotation on August 7. “Physically, I feel as close to 100 percent as I have in the past. I’m feeling good out there. I feel confident.”
Mark Redman threw seven strong innings as Oakland beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Thursday, becoming fourth Oakland pitcher to reach double digits in wins. Rich Harden is one win away from giving the A’s five starters with at least 10 victories for the first time since the franchise moved to Oakland in 1968.
The A’s have won 14 of their last 16 games and five straight series to move four games ahead of second-place Anaheim in the division.
Orlando Hudson and Vernon Wells homered to lead Toronto to an 8-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. Hudson and Gabe Gross drove in three runs, and Wells ended an 0-for-24 slump with a two-run shot for the Blue Jays, who won for just the third time in nine games.