Athletics 6, Angels 5
“He’s the definition of an All-Star. He comes out every game and dominates,” Foulke said after the Athletics recovered from his blown save to beat the Anaheim Angels 6-5 on Sunday. “Knowing I single-handedly kept (Hudson) off the All-Star team really hurts me. I had to apologize to him.”
Foulke has blown four saves this season—all in games Hudson has started. On Sunday, Erubiel Durazo hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand the win to Foulke (6-1).
“The important thing is we won but I’m very disappointed in myself,” Foulke said. “Right now I could care less about the All-Star game.”
Scott Spiezio hit a two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch from Foulke to tie it in the top of the ninth.
Benji Gil, a late-inning replacement for David Eckstein, led off the ninth with a single. Foulke struck out Darin Erstad and got ahead of Spiezio on two changeups. Spiezio then sent the next pitch into the right field bleachers to tie it at 5-all.
The A’s have come back to win all four of Foulke’s blown saves and are 9-1 in Hudson’s AL-leading 10 no decisions.
“We’ve won a lion’s share of Huddy’s game and he only has six wins,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “He could have won a bunch more.”
Hudson allowed one run and four hits over 6 2-3 innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Hernandez had three hits, including a home run, and drove in a pair of runs as the A’s, who managed eight hits in their previous two games against Anaheim, won for just the fifth time in 13 games.
“The good thing about Huddy is he gives us a chance to win and he understands that,” Hernandez said. “He handles it well. He’s been pitching great the last three or four games, really dealing and going seven-plus innings.”
Bengie Molina drove in three runs as the Angels lost their third in 10 games.
Angels starter Jarrod Washburn gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked three.
“I was hitting my spots but I was letting the leadoff guys get on,” Washburn said. “I was a little sloppy.”
The A’s scored three runs in the fourth to erase a 1-0 deficit. Erubiel Durazo walked and Hernandez singled to open the inning. Eric Chavez doubled into the right field corner to score Durazo. Jermaine Dye blooped a single into shallow right with Hernandez holding at third, loading the bases.
Mark Ellis worked the count full, then sliced a grounder just inside third base, scoring two runs.
Dye left the game following the end of the fourth with a separated right shoulder. He injured his shoulder when he tried to knock the ball loose from Angels catcher Molina in a collision at home plate. He was trying to score on Byrnes’ fly ball to medium center.
Erstad’s strong throw was a little off line and Dye lowered his shoulder into Molina, who held onto the ball for an inning-ending double play.
“I went to get the ball and he went after me,” Molina said. “He was four feet off the plate. I was surprised he went after me instead of the plate. He wasn’t the first to do it and he won’t be the last.”
Hernandez led off the sixth with his 11th home run of the season. For Washburn, it was his 23rd homer allowed, tops in the American League. Hernandez added an RBI single in the seventh, making it 5-1.
Molina doubled home a run in the second off Hudson, and hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Chad Bradford.
Tests on Angels outfielder Tim Salmon, who was sent to a local hospitalbefore the game after complaining of back pain, showed he had kidney stones.
Dye snapped an 0-for-14 streak with his third-inning single. … Angels RHP John Lackey will be making his first career appearance against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. … A’s SS Miguel Tejada went 0-for-3 against Washburn and is 1-for-36 lifetime against the left-hander. He was so upset he threw several of his bats and other equipment into the stands behind the A’s dugout. … Ellis has not made an error in a career best 31 games. … The Angels brought Erstad in as an extra infielder when Byrnes reached third onHatteberg’s sacrifice.