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September 15, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson made a point to congratulate Barry Zito before Saturday's game for the near no-hitter Zito pitched the night before.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson made a point to congratulate Barry Zito before Saturday's game for the near no-hitter Zito pitched the night before.

Hudson is expecting to hear some kind words back after his gem.

The Oakland right-hander pitched a four-hitter to win his seventh straight decision as the Athletics' pitching staff was near-perfect for the second straight day, defeating the Seattle Mariners 1-0.

Hudson had to be good to beat soft-throwing left-hander Jamie Moyer, who did not allow an earned run in eight innings.

One day after Zito took a no-hitter into the eighth in a 5-0 A's victory, Hudson pitched his second career shutout and 11th complete game. He is 11-3 in his past 22 starts. He struck out two to Moyer's seven.

Oakland remained tied for first in the West with Anaheim. Both lead the Mariners by nine for the wild card.

Hudson stayed late at the Coliseum on Friday until Zito's no-hitter was broken up, several innings longer than he'd typically stick around the night before a start. He wasn't going to miss it if Zito made it through.

"It was a lot of fun," Hudson said. "It was a tough act to follow. We're just going out there and trying to pitch and put up zeros and give the team a chance to win."

The A's took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the second, when John Olerud and Carlos Guillen committed consecutive errors. Scott Hatteberg drove in Terrence Long with a single to right.

ANGELS 8, RANGERS 6: Tim Salmon hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth and host Anaheim tied a club record with its 93rd victory, winning for the 15th time in 16 games.

"I guess today was my turn. It's real special being down 5-0 and coming back like we did," said Salmon, who homered for the first time since Aug. 6 at Chicago. "We've got a club that just never quits and plays hard. I think that's what every guy wants to be a part of."

The Angels, who have won five straight, tied the club record set in 1982 when they won the second of their three division titles.

TWINS 3, INDIANS 2: Rick Reed went seven strong innings and visiting Minnesota cut its magic number to win the Central to two.

The Twins would clinch their first playoff appearance since 1991 with a win at Jacobs Field today and a Chicago loss at New York.

Down 2-1 in the seventh, Minnesota avoided losing its third straight with two runs. Luis Rivas led off with a walk, Jacque Jones doubled and Cristian Guzman hit a two-run single.

WHITE SOX 8, YANKEES 1: Jeff Liefer hit a three-run homer into the upper deck and Dan Wright handcuffed the highest-scoring team in the majors for seven innings as visiting Chicago won for the sixth time in seven games to move within a game of .500.

Alfonso Soriano hit his 37th homer for the Yankees, breaking Bret Boone's league record for second basemen set last season.

RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 4: Derek Lowe won his 20th game and Manny Ramirez homered twice as host Boston guaranteed Baltimore its unprecedented fifth straight losing season.

Lowe is the first pitcher to win 20 the season after saving 20.

ROYALS 5, TIGERS 1: Paul Byrd pitched a four-hitter for his league-leading seventh complete game and Mike Sweeney had two RBIs as visiting Kansas City won for the second time in 12 games.

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