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Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

Six-run seventh stumps A’s - Royals 9, Athletics 3

KC’s Durbin earns first complete game

July 29, 2001

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— Chad Durbin pleaded with manager Tony Muser for one more inning, and he got it.

Durbin pitched his first career complete game, allowing six hits in the Kansas City Royals' 9-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

"After the eighth, I begged him to go out. I thought I could do it," Durbin said. "Once I convinced him, he said 'Go back out there and get them.'

"The first one is a nice one."

Durbin wasn't concerned when Jason Giambi hit his first pitch of the ninth out of the ballpark. He struck out the next batter, former teammate Jermaine Dye.

Durbin (7-9) stopped a three-game losing streak that covered five starts. He had not won since June 28 against Houston.

Carlos Beltran went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Kansas City. His RBI double to center sparked a six-run seventh inning.

A's starter Tim Hudson (12-6) allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in 61/3 innings. The loss, his first since June 22 against Texas, snapped a five-game winning streak.

Hudson insisted he wasn't nervous about the birth of his baby daughter, due any minute.

"It's definitely not the reason I gave it up," he said. "I just wasn't throwing very good. My pitches were really flat, especially in that last inning."

Kansas City faced a lineup that includes former Royals Dye, Johnny Damon and Jeremy Giambi. Dye was acquired by the A's last week in a three-team trade that sent three prospects to Colorado and shortstop Neifi Perez to the Royals.

Two Oakland errors gave the Royals a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the second inning, Dee Brown reached second on Hudson's throwing error to first, then scored when third baseman Eric Chavez threw away Mark Quinn's grounder for another error.

Terrence Long singled and Miguel Tejada walked to start the bottom half for the A's. Perez's throwing error on Chavez's grounder allowed Long to score, and Tejada scored on Ramon Hernandez's groundout to put the A's up 2-1.

The Royals took the lead again in the fifth. Quinn and Brent Mayne singled, Perez hit a run-scoring grounder, and Beltran added an RBI single that he tried unsuccessfully to stretch into a double.

In the seventh, Beltran's double scored Luis Alicea, who was hit by a pitch. Mike Sweeney added a two-run single and scored on Joe Randa's single before Quinn hit a two-run single.

Oakland made three errors in the game.

"It's not like it was a disaster defensively," A's manager Art Howe said. "But we generally don't make three errors in a game."

Despite the loss, the A's are 17-8 in July, second to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the majors this month.

Notes: Giambi's homer was his 24th. ... Hudson and his wife, Kim, plan to name their daughter Kennedy Rose. ... The Royals scored in the first for their first run in 22 innings. ... With his single in the fifth, Mayne extended his hitting streak to five games. ... Howe announced Gil Heredia was going to the bullpen and Eric Hiljus will get a start. Heredia was 6-8 with a 5.84 ERA as a starter for the A's. Hiljus threw five shutout innings in relief against the Twins earlier this week with eight strikeouts. ... Mark Bellhorn, starting at second base for the A's for the first time since June 23, snapped his hitless streak at 14 at-bats with a single in the fifth.

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