OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Tim Hudson wasn't named to the All-Star
team, but he sure pitched like one Sunday.
Hudson pitched a five-hitter for his third career shutout as the
Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 7-0. "They were in position to score runs early but I was able to
get out of jams,'' said Hudson. "After that, I felt confident
about throwing strikes.'' Scott Hatteberg had three hits and drove in three runs as the
A's won for the second time in six games. Barry Zito and Miguel Tejada were named to the All-Star team
from the A's. The Giants will be represented by Barry Bonds and
Benito Santiago. Hudson (6-7) won for the third time in four decisions after
going 0-4 in his previous eight starts. In interleague play, he
improved to 3-0 this season and 8-1 overall. He walked three and
struck out one. "We just started playing pretty good baseball about the start
of interleague play,'' said Hudson. "We have a lot of guys on the
team with all-star caliber talent and hopefully we can carry that
momentum to the American League.'' Hudson, who retired 14 of 15 during one stretch, also recorded
his eighth-career complete game and threw his first shutout since
Sept. 9, 2000, against Tampa Bay. "You have to give Hudson credit for throwing the shutout,''
Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "We had opportunities early, but
we couldn't capitalize. We have to play better if we want to make
up any ground next week.'' Russ Ortiz (6-5), who was 2-0 in his previous five starts,
lasted five-plus innings. He allowed six runs on nine hits. He
walked four, including three in the second inning, and struck out
four. "I was throwing hard but my location was off today,'' Ortiz
said. The A's finished interleague play with a major league-best 16-2
mark. Their only losses came to the Giants, who won three of their
previous four games. The A's are 66-38 in interleague play, best in
the majors. "I hope we can look back on it and say that's the reason we got
into postseason,'' A's manager Art Howe said. "Everything fell
into place for us.'' Oakland scored twice in the third as four of the first five
batters reached base. Mark Ellis and Hatteberg each singled and
Miguel Tejada drove in a run with a single. One out later, Eric
Chavez added a run-scoring single. The A's added two runs in the fourth. Adam Piatt doubled and
Ramon Hernandez walked. After Ellis sacrificed both runners along,
Hatteberg followed with a two-run single. Hatteberg added an RBI single during a three-run rally in the
sixth. Ellis scored on a throwing error by Rich Aurilia and
Hatteberg scored when Aaron Fultz unleashed a wild pitch. "I felt I was in a good groove,'' Hatteberg said. "I got some
good pitches to hit. I feel good in the (No. 2) spot. It just seems
perfect there.'' Jeff Kent continued to flourish in the No. 3 spot for the
Giants. He was 2-for-4 and is 10-for-19 with 12 RBI since
flip-flopping with Bonds in the lineup four days ago. He has hit
safely in 17 of his past 18 games. Shawon Dunston and Santiago were the only Giants players to
reach third base.
Giants OF Marvin Benard was a late scratch due to a sore
left knee. ... Dunston led off for the fourth time this season. ...
Giants 1B J.T. Snow missed his second straight game with what has
been diagnosed as turf toe. ... SS John McCurdy, one of the A's
four first-round draft picks in the amateur draft, was on hand
Sunday to officially sign his contract and participate in pregame
activities. ... U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan also participated
in the A's batting practice and threw out the first pitch. ...
Bonds was walked intentionally twice and has 37 on the season,
eight off the major league record set by Willie McCovey in 1969.
... The game drew 54,123, the third largest for a regular-season game.
The three-game series drew an Oakland record 153,969.