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Hudson records first complete game of season

7/12/2003

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.