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Orioles beat Hudson for the first time

9/3/2003

BALTIMORE (AP) -- On a night in which several streaks ended,
almost nothing went right for the Oakland Athletics.

Rodrigo Lopez pitched a seven-hitter, and the Baltimore Orioles
battered Tim Hudson on Wednesday in a 9-0 victory that snapped the
Athletics' 10-game winning streak.

"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," the right-hander said.

Hudson 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.

Jay Gibbons followed with an RBI double and B.J. Surhoff singled
in a run. After Hudson hit Mora with a pitch, Tejada booted a
grounder to short -- the A's third error in the inning.

"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.

Baltimore went up 5-0 in the bottom half. Deivi Cruz drove in a
run with a groundout, and Fordyce scored on a throwing error by
first baseman Scott Hatteberg.

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 hope that's just a bump in the road."

Game notes
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 on Wednesdays, the only day of the
week it has a losing record.