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Oakland 3, Detroit 2

5/20/2004

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Tim Hudson was glad to see the Oakland
Athletics score a late run, no matter how they got it.

The Athletics took advantage of two errors to break an
eighth-inning tie and beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Thursday for
their fifth win in six games.

"It would be nice to get some runs in a game," joked Hudson,
who improved to 13-1 in his last 19 day games dating to last June.
"But it was nice to be there at the end, too. I thought it was
going to be one of those games."

Hudson (5-1) referred to his own penchant for no-decisions. He's
left games with the lead twice this season, only to see his bullpen
fail to hold it. In 24 no-decisions over the past three years, he's
left with the lead 14 times.

Thanks to third baseman Eric Munson's misplay, that didn't
happen.

"I'm hoping this is the game that turns the tide for Hudson as
far as his luck is concerned," A's manager Ken Macha said. "It's
kind of tough when you're not scoring runs for him and he's coming
out of games with a no-decision."

Erubiel Durazo reached on a fielding error by first baseman
Carlos Pena, went to second on Damian Miller's sacrifice, advanced
to third on Mark McLemore's groundout and scored when Munson dived
to stop pinch-hitter Billy McMillon's sharp grounder but threw the
ball wide of first.

"I tried to get up and get rid of it and threw it in the
ground," said Munson.

Tigers manager Alan Trammell thought Munson could have taken his
time on the throw.

"There are two parts to that. You catch the ball and you throw
it," he said. "One was very nice but the other wasn't. He made a
great play and came up and had more time to throw it, but rushed
it."

Hudson allowed two runs and 10 hits over eight innings. He
walked one and struck out two.

"Scoring runs against him is not easy," Trammell said.
"Hudson will not give up without a fight. He invents things and
has a great feel for pitching. I enjoy watching him. I don't like
to get beat, but I like him."

Arthur Rhodes pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 10
opportunities.

Jaime Walker (0-1) took the loss, giving up just one hit and the
unearned run in the eighth.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first. With two outs, Carlos
Guillen tripled to the gap in right-center field and Rondell White
followed with a single.

Scott Hatteberg gave the A's a 2-1 lead with his two-out double
in the third. Tigers starter Gary Knotts walked Eric Byrnes and
Eric Chavez before Hatteberg drove a ball down the right-field
line. He was thrown out at third by catcher Brandon Inge trying to
take the extra base on Bobby Higginson's throw home.

Knotts, making his second start after nine relief appearances,
lasted four innings. He gave up both runs on six hits with two
walks and four strikeouts.

Knotts, who was on a strict pitch count, threw 77 pitches.

The A's loaded the bases with one out against Steve Colyer in
the fifth, but Durazo struck out and Steve Dingman came in to
strike out Miller.

Detroit tied the game with an unearned run in the seventh. With
one out, Omar Infante was safe on Chavez's throwing error. Alex
Sanchez followed with a single and Higginson doubled off the wall
in left. Sanchez was thrown out at the plate by Mark Kotsay on the
play. Guillen was intentionally walked and White grounded out to
end the threat.

Higginson had a nosebleed before his seventh-inning at-bat, and
had cotton sticking out of his nose when he came to the plate.

"I was distracted by the nosebleed," said Hudson. "I was
looking at his nose instead of the (catcher's) glove."

Game notes
Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez was given the day off. ...
Higginson appeared in his 1,179th game in the outfield, matching
Willie Horton for eighth on the Tigers' career list. ... Hudson has
gone at least seven innings in eight straight starts, matching the
longest such streak of his career. ... A's LHP Mark Mulder will be
looking for his third straight complete game on Friday, a feat he
has accomplished once in his career between April 24-May 6 last
year. ... Munson and Pena each snapped 0-for-16 streaks.