Now, Hudson is expecting to hear some kind words back after the
gem he pitched Saturday.
The Oakland right-hander pitched a four-hitter to win his
seventh straight decision as the Athletics' pitching staff was
near-perfect for the second straight day, defeating the Seattle
Hudson (14-9) had to be good to beat soft-throwing lefty Jamie
Moyer, who threw a three-hitter and did not allow an earned run in eight innings.
One day after Zito took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a
5-0 A's victory, Hudson pitched his second career shutout and 11th
career complete game. He is 11-3 in his last 22 starts. He struck
out two, compared to Moyer's seven.
Oakland remained tied for first in the AL West with Anaheim,
which beat Texas. The two teams lead the Mariners by nine games for
the wild card.
Hudson stayed late at the Coliseum on Friday night until Zito's
no-hitter was broken up -- several innings longer than he'd
typically stick around the night before a start. He wasn't going to
miss it if Zito made it through.
"It was a lot of fun,'' Hudson said. "It was a tough act to
follow. We're just going out there and trying to pitch and put up
zeros and give the team a chance to win.''
The A's took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the second, when
the Mariners committed consecutive errors by John Olerud and Carlos
Guillen. Scott Hatteberg drove in Terrence Long with a single to
After giving up the single to Hatteberg, Moyer retired 13
straight batters before Long singled in the seventh.
"Tim threw the ball well and I felt like I threw the ball
well,'' Moyer said. "The game turned on a mistake, a key play. I
had a feeling this series would be that way. The A's are playing
with a lot of confidence right now, and rightfully so.''
Hudson retired the last 17 batters. Mike Cameron's double in the
second for Seattle was the lone extra-base hit of the game.
"That was a wasted effort by Jamie, because we couldn't do
anything for him,'' Cameron said.
The A's have recorded a major league-leading 19 shutouts. It
marked the fifth time they have done it in back-to-back days this
season, including the fourth since the All-Star break.
"It's not surprising with the staff we have,'' A's manager Art
Howe said. "Maybe they'll have a few more before it's all over.''
The struggling Mariners, who look nothing like the club that won
an AL-record 116 games last season, have lost six straight. It's
their longest losing streak since they lost eight in a row Aug.
12-20, 2000. The Mariners were shut out in consecutive games for
the first time since Sept. 21-22, 1992, at Kansas City.
"We're not swinging the bats well,'' said Olerud, who broke up
Zito's no-hit bid Friday and had a hit Saturday. "We're not able
to get anything going. We're not getting the breaks.''
The Mariners loaded the bases in the second but Ben Davis hit
into a double play to end the threat. Seattle has not scored for 21
innings dating to a Thursday loss at Texas when the Mariners scored
in the sixth.
"Hudson threw strikes, kept the ball down, got groundballs and
double plays,'' Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "He was
throwing harder than he was earlier in the year. ... They pitched a
little better than we did today. How can you fault our guy?''
Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez pulled a double steal in the
first for Oakland. ... Hudson moves into first in the AL in
day-game ERA (1.90). ... Seattle's Desi Relaford had his 13-game
hitting streak snapped. ... It was the second straight game Hudson
has had 10 or more groundouts. ... Utilityman Mark McLemore
returned to action for the first time since having elbow surgery Sept. 5. He went 0-for-3. ... The
A's won their 12th straight home game.