ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Tim Hudson watched the runs add up and thought he was dreaming.
The A’s had scored just 3.8 runs per game in Hudson’s 16 previous starts. The right-hander also has eight no-decisions, four of those in which he left with the lead.
“I’ll take it,” Hudson said. “I thought I was going wake up about halfway through the game. It was a good day all around.”
Juan Gonzalez was out of Texas’ starting lineup for the third straight game. The two-time AL MVP is considering whether to accept or reject a trade that would send him to the Montreal Expos, and said Thursday he will probably wait until Saturday to decide. He was in uniform, but manager Buck Showalter decided against using him.
Miguel Tejada and Ramon Hernandez also homered as Oakland hit a season-high five home runs and equaled a season-best with 13 runs. The Athletics, who had a season-high 16 hits Wednesday night, had 15 hits as they split the four-game series with the Rangers.
Jermaine Dye was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game with a right knee injury.
“Chavez and Tejada are starting to hit for power, and if we get Jermaine healthy and hitting we’ll be all right,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said. “Thirty-one hits in two nights, that’s nice.”
Hudson (6-3) made the offensive support stand up as he struck a season-high eight and retired the last 14 batters he faced. He didn’t walk a batter and allowed just three singles.
Texas has been shut out five times this season after being blanked just six times in 2002.
Chavez and Long highlighted a five-run third inning with back-to-back home runs.
In the third, Hatteberg hit a solo homer off Texas starter Ismael Valdes (6-4) with one out. After Tejada and Hernandez singled, Chavez hit his 16th homer of the season. Long followed with a drive into the first row of the upper deck in right field.
“Valdes made some mistakes (Thursday),” Long said. “The difference is we didn’t miss those mistakes.”
Valdes dropped his second straight decision as he allowed eight runs and 10 hits, including four of Oakland’s home runs, over 3 1-3 innings. Over his last two outings, Valdes has given up 16 earned runs in 7 1-3 innings.
“I can’t remember a time in nine years that I’ve had back-to-back outings this bad,” Valdes said.
Jay Powell relieved Valdes after he gave up Tejada’s two-run shot in the fourth, his 15th of the season.
Hernandez scored on a past ball in the fourth to make it 9-0 and added a three-run homer in the sixth.
Texas’ only threat against Hudson came when Einar Diaz and Michael Young singled with one out. But Hank Blalock struck out and Alex Rodriguez grounded out to end the threat. Rodriguez had Texas’ only other hit off Hudson, an infield single in the first.
“Hudson had the whole arsenal,” Rodriguez said. “He had a great sliderand a great split.”
It was the fourth time Oakland has hit back-to-back home runs this season. … Valdes had given up nine home runs in 66 1-3 innings going into Thursday’s game. … The A’s last hit five home runs in a game against the Chicago White Sox on April 27, 2002. … Left-hander Ron Mahay, who was called up Thursday from Triple-A Oklahoma, became the 24th pitcher to appear in a game for the Rangers. … Six players had two hits for Oakland, and every starterhad at least one hit.