OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jose Guillen has given the Oakland
offense exactly what it needs: some extra punch.
Tim Hudson won his fifth straight decision and Guillen homered
twice, lifting the Athletics to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue
Jays on Saturday.
Guillen, acquired from Cincinnati on July 30, is batting .356
with four homers in his past 11 games for a team that's
next-to-last in the AL in hitting (.251).
"I'm starting to feel comfortable," he said. "It's a little
different over here, but you learn to make adjustments. I'm trying
to keep the same approach I had over there, I'm just seeing the
Mark Ellis hit a three-run homer for the A's, who snapped a
three-game skid. Hudson left with a bruised right hand after
getting hit by a line drive in the seventh inning and was taken for
X-rays, which were negative.
"He's the guts of our pitching staff," manager Ken Macha said.
Mike Bordick drove in three runs for the Blue Jays.
Hudson (12-4) allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts
and three walks in 6 1-3 innings. He was struck on the top of his
right wrist by Dave Berg's line drive leading off the seventh.
"I saw it come at me and my first reaction was to get out of
the way," Hudson said. "I put my hand up and it hit me pretty
square. I couldn't feel it at first and thought, `This isn't
The ball trickled away off to the right side of the mound after
hitting Hudson, who dropped his glove to field the ball with his
left hand. The right-hander also threw the ball left-handed to
first baseman Scott Hatteberg for the out.
"I hit the ball hard," Berg said. "He's a tough guy and a
competitor and he'll try to get you even if he's hurt."
Hudson immediately bent over and let his hand dangle as A's
trainers and Macha rushed to his side.
"He said it was numb and he couldn't grip his hand," Macha
said. "It did progressively get a little better."
A's trainer Larry Davis said Hudson won't have to go on the
"When you get hit in the hands or wrists you always fear the
worst," Hudson said. "My fingers weren't working but I didn't
think it was broken after we tested it out. It just hurt like
Chad Bradford replaced Hudson and gave up a double to Orlando
Hudson before getting out of the inning.
Hudson wasn't as dominating as he was Monday in his two-hit
shutout against the Boston Red Sox, but he came close. He gave up
consecutive hits in the second, including Bordick's RBI single. He
also allowed two consecutive baserunners in the third -- only three
Red Sox reached base earlier in the week.
He retired his last eight batters and 12 of 13 after walking
Frank Catalanotto in the third.
Hudson, who had the best ERA (1.35) in the majors in July, has
won seven of his last eight decisions. He's second in the AL in ERA
behind Boston's Pedro Martinez.
"Hudson is one of the top five pitchers in the league," Blue
Jays manager Carlos Tosca said. "He can be unhittable. He has good
stuff and good control. Once he got the lead he went into gear."
Mark Hendrickson (7-9) settled in after an awful second inning.
He gave up five runs on seven hits over six innings but held the
A's scoreless on three hits after the second. It was only the
second time since May 31 he has allowed five runs.
Guillen gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the first with his 26th homer
of the year, and third with the A's. He also homered off Brian
Bowles with one out in the seventh.
"We asked for a boost in our offense and he's done that,"
Macha said. "He's also played good defense in right field and
seems to be happy here. He's been a nice add both in his numbers
and the clubhouse mix."
Ellis' home run, his sixth of the year, highlighted a four-run
rally in the second that made it 5-1. Erubiel Durazo walked, Ramon
Hernandez singled and Hatteberg delivered an RBI double ahead of
Catalanotto scored on shortstop Miguel Tejada's throwing error
in the eighth.
Ellis drove in his first run in 18 games and hit his first
homer in 52 games. ... Hudson hasn't lost in the month of August
since 2001, winning nine consecutive decisions. ... Hendrickson
entered with the best run support on the Toronto staff at 6.61 runs
per start. ... Toronto OF Vernon Wells extended his hitting streak
to 11 games with an eighth-inning single. ... Orlando Hudson
matched his season high with three hits.