Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Oakland leads 1-0 (as of 7/11)

Game 1: Friday, July 11
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Oakland2
Game 2: Saturday, July 12
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Oakland5
Game 3: Sunday, July 13
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Orioles 0

(41-48, 20-24 away)

Athletics 2

(52-39, 34-16 home)

10:05 PM ET, July 11, 2003

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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W: T. Hudson (7-3)

L: R. Lopez (2-5)

Hudson records first complete game of season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Tim Hudson pitched a three-hitter and Terrence Long hit a double in the seventh to break a scoreless tie, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Friday night.

Hudson (7-3) won for the first time in three starts as the A's improved to 6-5 on their season-long 13-game homestand. He threw 115 pitches in his first complete game of the season and fifth of his career.

After getting Jeff Conine to pop out to first for the final out, Hudson punched his fist in his glove several times before bumping fists and hugging his catcher Ramon Hernandez, celebrating his first shutout since Sept. 14 against Seattle.

The right-hander has 10 no-decisions this season in 20 starts despite pitching well enough to win in most of those outings -- in his 13 non-win starts Hudson has gotten just 3.89 runs of support. He has handled it well, though he's also said that not getting the victories has been frustrating.

Long doubled against Rodrigo Lopez (2-5) with two outs and Hernandez on first after a walk. Hernandez scored on the play and Long came home on a wild throw to the plate by shortstop Deivi Cruz that got past catcher Geronimo Gil for an error.

After allowing a leadoff single to Brian Roberts in the first, Hudson retired 18 straight batters before Luis Matos led off the seventh with an infield single. It ended up being Baltimore's best chance to score.

Matos went to second on Melvin Mora's sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on Conine's flyout to center. Jay Gibbons walked to put runners on the corners, but Hudson then got Tony Batista to foul out to third to escape the jam.

Hudson is 7-0 with a 1.71 ERA against the Orioles in seven career starts.

"Any time Hudson's numbers aren't good, they're deceiving," Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said before the game.

Conine, who's 2-for-13 lifetime against Hudson, had inning-ending strikeouts in the first and fourth innings.

The Orioles won two straight in Seattle, but couldn't generate any offense against Hudson, who struck out nine and intentionally walked one.

Lopez also pitched a great game. The right-hander retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced before Miguel Tejada's two-out double in the fourth. Tejada is hitting .400 (4-for-10) against Lopez. Tejada doubled in the fourth and went to third on a double-steal. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays twice had double steals against Oakland earlier this week.

After intentionally walking Chavez following Tejada's double, Lopez retired the next nine in a row then got into trouble in the seventh.

Game notes


Long is hitting .326 (17-for-52) over his last 15 games. ... Lopez is 1-2 in four career starts against Oakland. He has gone 2-2 since coming off the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle in his left side. ... Roberts returned to the lineup at 2B after sitting out two games with a strained back. ... Baltimore OF B.J. Surhoff, who left Wednesday's game with a strained right quadriceps, was not in the lineup Friday for the second straight day. He is doubtful to play again before the All-Star break.

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