Athletics 6, Marlins 5

Preview | Box Score | Recap

MIAMI (AP)—One pause was all it took to help the Oakland Athletics.

Scott Hatteberg hit an RBI single in the eighth inning and the Athletics regrouped from blowing a four-run lead to beat the Florida Marlins 6-5 Wednesday night.

After losing 13-2 on Tuesday night, the A’s led 5-1 behind Tim Hudson. But his throwing error in the seventh helped Florida tie it.

In the Athletics’ eighth, Frank Menechino and pinch-hitter Billy McMillon drew one-out walks.

Eric Byrnes followed with a comebacker, but Tim Spooneybarger (1-2) hesitated as he looked toward third. Instead, Spooneybarger got an out at second base. Hatteberg then singled for the go-ahead run.

“We had some lapses, but we didn’t roll over,” Hatteberg said. “We battled. We minimized damage. We got one run for the bullpen and they did the job.”

The biggest lapse of the night was made by Spooneybarger, who possibly could have started an inning-ending double play had he thrown immediately to second. His pause kept the inning alive, setting up Hatteberg for the game-winner.

“It might have caught me off-guard,” Spooneybarger said. “It was on that (left) side of the mound, so I thought I could go to third. But by the time it all happened, I wasn’t going to make it, so I had to go to second.

“We only got one out on the play, and that cost me a chance to get out of the inning.”

Chad Bradford (4-3) got the victory, escaping a jam in the seventh after relieving with runners at the corners and the score 5-all.

Bradford struck out Ivan Rodriguez and Mike Lowell, issued a walk that loaded the bases, and retired Derrek Lee on a grounder.

“Chad came in and that was a Houdini act, getting out of that jam,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “First and third and nobody out and not letting them score is tremendous. One run scored would have been a good job. No runs scored was fantastic.”

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Marlins starter Mark Redman was roughed up for five runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning as the Marlins lost for the fourth time in their last six games.

Hudson took a 5-3 lead into the seventh, but started it by hitting Alex Gonzalez and Brian Banks with pitches.

Banks was hit in the helmet and left the game. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day.

Juan Pierre laid down a bunt, and Hudson fielded it and threw wildly to third, his first error since the 2001 season.

Gonzalez scored to make it 5-4, and Luis Castillo hit a tying single that finished Hudson.

Hudson worked six-plus innings and allowed five runs—three earned on five hits. It was his third straight start without a win.

In his previous outing, Hudson had his shortest stint, lasting just 3 2-3 innings in an 11-6 loss to the Royals.

“I just kind of ran out of gas,” Hudson said. “I can’t really put my finger on it. I thought I had enough to go out and get it done. It’s a little different down here with the weather.

“I really wasn’t making many pitches tonight. I was having trouble with command. I hung in there. I battled. I thought I had a little more gas in my tank, but I didn’t. Bradford came in and did a number on them.”

Hudson, however, hit a run-scoring single for the first RBI by an A’s pitcher since Kenny Rogers against San Francisco on June 6, 1999.

The A’s scored three runs in the second, aided by a two-base throwing error by Rodriguez. The All-Star catcher tried to pick off Ramon Hernandez at first base and instead threw wildly.

Oakland added two more runs in the fourth to chase Redman. Hudson hit an RBI single and Hatteberg drew a bases-loaded walk for a 5-1 lead.

“I thought we had a great approach tonight,” Macha said. “We swung the bats well. We had patience. We hit the ball to the opposite field. Things are looking up. Things are looking a lot better offensively.”


Redman has not allowed a home run since the third inning against the Mets on April 8, a span of 165 batters. … Eric Chavez, who singled against the left-handed Redman in his first two at-bats, came into the game batting.094 against lefties.

Related Articles