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Dye drives in winning run in ninth

4/22/2004

SEATTLE (AP) -- Tim Hudson's teammates bailed him out.

Jermaine Dye hit a two-run double in the ninth inning after
Hudson ran into trouble in the seventh, leading the Oakland
Athletics to a 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday
night.

The rally spoiled a dramatic comeback by the Mariners, who had
their four-game winning streak snapped. Pinch-hitter Dave Hansen
hit a three-run homer in the seventh to tie it at 4.

"It was a weird game," Hudson said. "I felt like I was in
control, but it goes to show this game is crazy. Some things can
happen and the next thing you know, they're back in the game."

Oakland pulled it out in the ninth. Eric Byrnes drew a leadoff
walk from Seattle reliever Mike Myers (0-1). Eric Chavez, who led
off the fourth with a homer to make it 2-0, singled to right.

"My teammates, man, they picked me up," Hudson said.

Mariners manager Bob Melvin turned to reliever Shigetoshi
Hasegawa, who allowed only two hits to Dye in 15 previous at-bats.
The A's slugger hit the first pitch into the left-field corner to
make it 6-4.

"I was just looking for something to hit," Dye said. "I knew
I was probably going to get a slider. I wanted to be aggressive in
that situation. I was able to hook one down the line."

Arthur Rhodes pitched the ninth against his former team, earning
his sixth save in seven chances.

"That was special to him, believe me," Oakland manager Ken
Macha said.

Hudson (3-0) is 11-5 lifetime against Seattle, winning five of
his last six. He beat the Mariners on April 10, and his 69 wins the
past four years are second in the majors to Randy Johnson's 70.

Hudson wasn't in top form this time, though, breezing for
stretches and then having control problems. He walked only one
batter but hit Edgar Martinez, John Olerud and Raul Ibanez with
pitches.

"I thought maybe we should get a warning," said Melvin, who
had a talk with umpire Rob Drake after Ibanez was hit. "Several
more were in there where we were dancing out of there."

Hudson, who had hit only one batter all season, allowed four
runs and eight hits with four strikeouts. He's been working on a
cutter that ran away against Olerud and Ibanez, he said. A sinker
bopped Martinez.

"I wasn't trying to hit those guys. Everybody knows that I
wasn't," Hudson said. "Hitting three guys in a game, I didn't
like the fact I'd done it."

He got away with his control problems because the Mariners hit
into five double plays. He lost his shutout bid in the seventh,
though, when Olerud singled to drive in Ibanez -- on base after
being hit by a pitch -- to trim Seattle's deficit to 4-1.

Then Hansen lined an 0-2 pitch high into the right-field stands.
Rich Aurilia was also on base after a one-out single.

"I don't think you can go up there knowing you can hit a homer,
and you don't want to go up there thinking you're going to make an
out," Hansen said. "I tried to be patient and put a good swing on
it."

It was Hansen's 15th homer as a pinch-hitter, moving him into
seventh place on the career list. One more and he'll tie Gates
Brown, Smoky Burgess and Willie McCovey for No. 4.

Seattle starter Gil Meche threw 5 2-3 innings, allowing three
runs and six hits with four strikeouts and five walks.

Game notes
Before the Mariners scored in the seventh, Hudson set a
career high with 21 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings. His previous
best was 20. ... Oakland SS Marco Scutaro, hitting .388 coming in,
extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the
fourth. ... Hansen is 2-for-4 as a pinch-hitter this season. ...
Seattle has hit into five double plays in a game four times. The
last was July 12, 1980, at Minnesota. ... All six games this season
between Seattle and Oakland have been decided in the seventh inning
or later.