Tim Hudson will try to end a two-start winless streak and help the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics maintain their shrinking lead in the division as they continue a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Hudson, who won a season-high four straight from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3, lasted just three innings in an 8-3 loss to Boston on Sept. 8 in his worst performance of the season. The right-hander walked a season-high five batters, including four in the first inning.
Hudson bounced back Monday against Texas, allowing four runs and nine hits over eight innings while striking out eight and walking one. However, he allowed two homers in a game for the first time this season and did not receive a decision as the A’s beat the Rangers 7-6 in 10 innings.
“I would have been sick if we’d have lost that game,” Hudson said. “But we battled, man. We battled, and we won a big one.”
The A’s dropped Friday’s series opener 6-3, shaving their advantage in the West to just one game over hard-charging Anaheim.
Oakland starter Barry Zito left the game with a 3-1 lead after six innings, but the A’s bullpen, betrayed by two errors by their league-leading defense, couldn’t hold the Mariners. Chad Bradford allowed Seattle to load the bases when he committed a fielding error on Jolbert Cabrera’s grounder and Miguel Olivo and Jose Lopez singled.
Batting for Willie Bloomquist, rookie Greg Dobbs doubled to center off Ricardo Rincon to drive in three runs and put Seattle ahead 4-3. The hit came on a 3-2 count in his seventh major league game and his 20th major league at-bat.
Dobbs, called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Sept. 6, hit a pinch homer in his major league debut Sept. 8.
Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki broke the major league single-season record with his 199th single in the seventh. He bettered the mark of 198 set by Lloyd Waner of Pittsburgh in 1927.
Suzuki went 2-for-4, giving him 235 hits this season—22 shy of the major league single-season record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920. The Mariners have 15 games left.