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Hudson gets another no-decision in A's win

7/2/2003

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two years ago, Terrence Long tried to go
from first to third on a single when then-rookie Ichiro Suzuki made
an unbelievable throw to nail Long at third, propelling the
Japanese star into the national spotlight.

This time, Long beat the throw.

Long hit a pinch-hit game-tying single and came sliding home
just ahead of Suzuki's throw for the winning run on Jermaine Dye's
sacrifice fly as the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Seattle
Mariners 3-2 in 11 innings Tuesday night.

After Ben Davis gave Seattle a 2-1 lead with an RBI single in
the top of the 11th against Keith Foulke (5-1), the A's came back
in the bottom half to move within six games of the first-place
Mariners in the AL West.

Erubiel Durazo started the rally with a leadoff single against
Arthur Rhodes and went to second on shortstop Carlos Guillen's
throwing error. Jeff Nelson (3-2) came in and immediately gave up
Long's single that tied it at 2.

Long is 4-for-8 in his career against Nelson.

"For some reason I just have success against him, and it seems
like a key situation against him all the time," Long said.

Long went to second on Frank Menechino's sacrifice bunt and to
third on Nelson's costly wild pitch.

Dye, back in the lineup after missing seven of eight games with
a nagging knee injury, then hit a fly ball to right field. Long
slid in and narrowly beat Suzuki's throw to score the winning run.

"It was good to see him back in the lineup," Long said of Dye.
"It was a relief to see him back out there."

Rhodes has had a rough few days. He gave up a game-winning grand
slam to San Diego's Rondell White in a loss to the Padres on
Sunday.

"This doesn't faze me," he said. "I have to throw my game out
there and not worry about what people think I should do. For a
bullpen to be effective, you can't stick to one guy. You have to
use everyone."

The second game of this key four-game series between the past
two division champions featured magnificent defensive plays and
plenty of solid pitching, even if that wasn't evident at the end.
The A's had lost five of seven and had dropped 23 games this season
by one or two runs, including six of their last seven.

"We saved them for the very end if we needed them," Seattle
manager Bob Melvin said of his tired closers, who are overworked in
the absence of injured Kazuhiro Sasaki. "Our strategy tonight
didn't work. We wanted Arthur to pitch to one or two guys and then
Jeff finish them off. But Durazo's hit changed all that."

Tim Hudson, who has beaten Seattle twice this year, got his
ninth no-decision in 18 starts. As has been the case many times,
Hudson pitched well enough to win but didn't receive enough run
support to get the victory. He allowed one run and five hits in
eight innings.

Gil Meche was going for his career-best 11th win a night after
Jamie Moyer got his 11th victory, but the Mariners' bats didn't
produce either. Meche allowed five hits and one run in seven
innings.

After retiring the side in order in the first, Meche got into
trouble in the second when he loaded the bases on a walk to Billy
McMillon with two outs. Mark Ellis hit an RBI single that got past
Guillen and just out of the infield for a 1-0 A's lead. Eric Byrnes
then lined out to left. He went 0-for-5 and had his 13-game hitting
streak snapped.

Hudson worked out of his own jam in the sixth. Davis hit a
leadoff double and went to third on Suzuki's sacrifice bunt. Hudson
got Randy Winn and Bret Boone to ground out, and subtly pumped his
fist as he walked back into the dugout.

Boone, one of few Mariners with strong numbers against Hudson
coming in (.375 average), hit an RBI triple in the fourth that
Byrnes couldn't catch against the wall in center.

Hudson's defense was solid behind him, the A's just couldn't
score. They hit into two double plays, while the Mariners had
three.

Ramon Hernandez made two nice throws to catch Guillen stealing
twice, one in the third and then again in the fifth.

Winn made an impressive running catch on Eric Chavez's liner
into the corner in left, and his quick throw back to the infield
doubled up Hernandez at first base in the seventh.

Chavez then left the game with a bruised right foot. He had
fouled a pitch off his foot in the third. He will have X-rays
Wednesday morning.

"It's 100 percent bruised," trainer Larry Davis said. "It's a
bruise until such time we find out otherwise."

Game notes
Seattle 1B John Mabry, filling in for the injured John
Olerud, turned an unassisted double play in the fourth. McMillon
was off the bag ready to run and Ellis lined a ball to Mabry, who
touched first. ... The Mariners have gone 32 games without allowing
an unearned run.