"You could see the fire in his eyes," teammate Matt Stairs said. "He pretty much got killed in his last outing."
"He's been unbelievable the whole year," Oakland first baseman Jason Giambi added after Hudson allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings to lead the Athletics past the Seattle Mariners 6-1 Wednesday. "What he does out there is pretty special."
Hudson (11-3), who allowed nine runs and 12 hits in a 12-3 loss to Anaheim last Friday, gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the first inning, then settled down.
"I love pitching in games like this," Hudson said. "I don't know if I expected to be this successful today, but I wanted to have different results than my last time."
Said manager Art Howe: "It's unusual when he has a bad day. He spoils us. He's got great stuff and a big heart. When he's down in the zone like he was today, he was tough."
Giambi added a two-run homer in the eighth of Brett Tomko, his 26th, as the A's improved to 6-3 against Seattle this season. Giambi has homered in two straight games and three of four.
"It was a good game for us," Hernandez said. "They've been playing pretty good at home. We didn't want to let them get too far ahead of us."
Said Giambi: "We came in here and played some good baseball. But we've got to keep playing well or these games mean nothing."
Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double in his second game for Seattle since coming off the disabled list.
"I feel better," said Rodriguez, who was on the DL because of a sprained right knee. "But it's going to take a little while, maybe a week, to get back to where I know I can play."
John Olerud's sacrifice fly put Seattle ahead in the first, but Hernandez gave Oakland a 2-1 lead in the third with his 11th homer. The A's made it 4-1 in the fifth on Hernandez's RBI groundout and Terrence Long's run-scoring single.
Abbott gave up four runs and four hits in seven innings with three walks all to Jeremy Giambi, who scored after his first two walks.
"I don't know," Abbott said when asked about walking Jeremy Giambi three times. "If I did know, maybe I would have thrown him more strikes."
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