Orioles 9, Athletics 0
BALTIMORE (AP)—On a night in which several streaks ended, almost nothing went right for the Oakland Athletics.
“I hope we got it all out of our system,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “We’ve been playing great ball, and we played a poor game tonight.”
Oakland committed a season-high five errors, and Hudson (14-5) was pulled after allowing five runs and eight hits in three innings—his shortest stint of the year.
“It was just one of those nights, man: Bad,” Hudson said.
The right-hander had won seven straight decisions and five starts in a row. It was the first time in 18 starts that he failed to pitch at least six innings.
“You don’t see Tim Hudson on the mound without his good stuff very often, and tonight was one of those nights,” Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. “When he did throw a good pitch, we hit it.”
The victory ended a nine-game skid for the Orioles, who entered 0-7 against Oakland and 0-7 lifetime against Hudson. Larry Bigbie hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, which scored just 10 runs in its previous seven against the A’s.
“We won a bunch in a row, they lost a bunch in a row, and it was their turn,” Hudson said. “I just happened to be on the receiving end of it.”
Lopez (7-9) was 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts against Oakland this year, but on this night he allowed only one runner past second base. The right-hander struck out four and walked three in his first shutout and third complete game of the season.
He admitted to throwing at Miguel Tejada in the second inning after Hudson hit Mora with a pitch in the first. The pitch from Lopez sailed behind Tejada, and plate umpire Scott Nelson immediately issued a warning to both benches.
“I was just trying to send a message,” Lopez said. “Melvin has been one of our best players. We have to protect our own batters, have them show us respect.”
The Orioles ended a 29-inning scoreless stretch by batting around during a three-run first inning. After Luis Matos singled off the glove of third baseman Eric Chavez, Bigbie singled to right. The ball was misplayed by Jose Guillen, who worsened the situation by throwing wildly to second, allowing Matos to score.
“I think I was contagious,” Hudson said. “It kind of went around the horn in the first inning.”
Chavez nearly tied it in the third. With two on and two outs, he hit a drive to right that was caught by Mora on the warning track.
All five runs against Hudson were earned—the most the right-hander has allowed in a game since May 30, when he yielded six earned runs in 3 2-3 innings at Kansas City.
“I asked to him after he was taken out if he was all right, and he said he was just awful,” Macha said. “That is unusual.”
Bigbie homered off Steve Sparks in the sixth, and Baltimore added a run in the seventh when Fordyce hit into a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded.
“You can’t be perfect all the time,” Macha said. “We won 10 in a row, played tremendous defense and tonight we had five errors. Let’s just hopethat’s just a bump in the road.”
The start of the game was delayed 27 minutes by rain. … Oakland last committed five errors in a game on Aug. 8, 2000, against Detroit. … Mora has been hit by a pitch a team-high 10 times. … Oakland fell to 11-12 onWednesdays, the only day of the week it has a losing record.