ATLANTA -- The A's were hitting home runs and Tim Hudson was walking batter after batter.
It's true that interleague play was introduced to bring some novelty to the national pastime, but Saturday's events at Turner Field bordered on the bizarre considering recent history.
The Oakland A's snapped their four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves, and they victimized an old friend in getting back to the win column.
Hudson, the former Athletic who was facing his old team for the first time, entered the night with a 3-0 record and an 0.78 ERA in three May starts. But the A's jumped on Hudson for four runs in the first two innings on the strength of Jack Cust's solo homer in the first and Ryan Sweeney's three-run shot in the second.
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Oakland entered the game with just 22 homers, second fewest in the American League. Geren talked before the game about how his team's offense couldn't rely solely on clutch singles.
"Getting some runs off a guy like that is a lift for us offensively," Geren said afterward.
A's right-hander Rich Harden was excellent in his second start since coming off the disabled list. Harden (2-0) limited the Braves to four hits over seven innings, with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Closer Huston Street almost gave up a 5-1 lead in the ninth, but managed to slam the door shut.