Hudson struck by comebacker in A's winPosted: Saturday August 16, 2003 7:48 PM
Updated: Sunday August 17, 2003 2:17 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jose Guillen has given the Oakland offense exactly what it needs: some extra punch.
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 ball better."
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 good.'"
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 disabled list.
"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 crazy."
Jim Mecir started the ninth and put two runners on before giving way to Keith Foulke. He gave up a two-run single to Bordick before finishing for his 30th save in 35 chances.
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 Ellis' homer.
Catalanotto scored on shortstop Miguel Tejada's throwing error in the eighth.
Notes: 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.