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Three A's homer off Colon

4/17/2004

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Tim Hudson was almost embarrassed by how
easily he handled Anaheim slugger Troy Glaus.

Hudson outpitched Bartolo Colon, and the Oakland Athletics
supported him with three home runs in a 3-0 win over the Angels on
Friday night.

"I made some of my better pitches tonight on Glaus," Hudson
said. "After the third at-bat, I kind of wanted to apologize to
him because he saw my best pitches."

Glaus, back in the lineup after missing the previous four games
because of tightness in his left hamstring, struck out all three
times he faced the All-Star right-hander. He has fanned 18 times
against Hudson, the most by any player in the majors. Teammate Tim
Salmon is right behind with 16.

"He saved his best pitches for Troy," said catcher Adam
Melhuse, who hit one of Oakland's home runs. "He threw some
sinkers in that were just off the plate, cutters away that started
on the corner and cut off the plate. He just pitched him amazingly
tough tonight."

Coming off a 2-1, complete-game victory over Seattle in which he
threw just 86 pitches, Hudson (2-0) allowed six hits, struck out
seven and walked none in 7 1-3 innings. The victory improved his
record against the Angels to 13-5.

"Huddy was on his game tonight," Anaheim's David Eckstein
said. "His sinker was moving great, he was cutting it a little bit
every once in a while, and he had the off-speed pitch to go along
with it."

Eric Byrnes and Jermaine Dye also homered to help build the 3-0
lead Hudson took into the eighth.

The Angels loaded the bases in the eighth. Rookie shortstop
Bobby Crosby failed to turn a double play on Adam Kennedy's
comebacker, pinch-hitter Jeff DaVanon singled, and the pesky
Eckstein hit his second straight Baltimore-chop single to third
baseman Eric Chavez.

But the bullpen preserved the shutout, as Ricardo Rincon struck
out Darin Erstad and Jim Mecir fanned Vladimir Guerrero with a
75-mph breaking ball away.

"It was an excellent ballgame -- bases loaded, Vladimir Guerrero
up there with a three-run lead in the eighth inning," Oakland
manager Ken Macha said. "That's why the fans came out here.
Fortunately, we made some pitches there,"

Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save -- a
welcomed relief for Hudson, who had 13 no-decisions last season in
which he left with a lead.

"The bullpen did a great job," Hudson said. "These are the
type of games in the past that I'd walk away from and get a
no-decision for sure. But Ricon got a huge strikeout, and Jimmy
made some really good pitches on one of the toughest hitters
around."

Hudson retired his first 10 batters with some defensive help
from right fielder Dye and first baseman Scott Hatteberg. Dye made
a sliding catch on his right side to take a hit away from Erstad in
the first inning, and Hatteberg robbed Kennedy of extra bases with
a diving stop down the line before tossing to Hudson at the bag.

Colon (2-1), who surrendered a career-worst 30 home runs last
season with the Chicago White Sox, gave up his first homer in three
starts with the Angels when the switch-hitting Melhuse drove his
2-1 pitch to left-center leading off the third inning for his first
hit of the season.

Byrnes opened the sixth with his first homer, a drive into the
left-field bullpen. Dye hit his sixth of the season into the same
location one out later -- also on an 0-1 pitch.

"Bartolo went after everybody. He's a very aggressive
pitcher," Eckstein said. "We'll take that outing by Colon every
night, because usually, this club is going to come through and get
enough offense to overcome that. He pitched a good game. I just
wish we could have done something for him."

Colon gave up three runs and nine hits in eight innings,
striking out five and walking one.

Game notes
The Angels paid tribute to their late team photographer,
V.J. Lovero, before the game by dedicating the photo wells behind
first and third base in his honor and placing permanent plaques
inside them. Lovero, whose body of work with Sports Illustrated
included 39 cover shots, died Jan. 12 at age 44 after a four-year
battle with brain cancer. ... Oakland traded RHP Chad Harville to
the Houston Astros for RHP Kirk Sarloos and assigned Sarloos to
Triple-A Sacramento. Harville was designated for assignment on
Thursday when the A's recalled RHP Rich Harden from Sacramento. ...
Crosby has not made an error in his first nine games as Miguel
Tejada's replacement. ... Guerrero, back in right field after
serving as the designated hitter the previous three games to give
his sore right knee a rest, faced Hudson for the first time and was
0-for-3 against him.