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Huff’s 10th Inning Single Lifts Giants Over A’s

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Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Aubrey Huff hit a game-ending single in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a 2-1 victory over the cross-bay rival Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Huff’s line drive to right-center off Brian Fuentes (1-5) scored Emmanuel Burriss from second, sealing the NL West-leading Giants’ third straight win. Oakland lost for the third consecutive game.

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Burriss led off the inning with a single and Andres Torres’ sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Oakland intentionally walked Freddy Sanchez, setting the stage for San Francisco’s sixth walk-off victory this season.

Javier Lopez (2-0) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.

Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong matched Oakland ace Trevor Cahill, who yielded just one hit, for six innings before the two stingy bullpens pitched scoreless ball into extra innings.

Runs were at a premium in the latest edition of the Bay Area series.

Torres drew a leadoff walk in the first inning, stole second and then went to third after catcher Kurt Suzuki tossed the ball into center field for an error. Sanchez grounded out to second to score Torres, giving San Francisco a 1-0 lead before some fans had even settled into their seats.

Oakland tried to answer with a hit-and-run play in the second, with Josh Willingham attempting to go from first to third on a single by Mark Ellis. Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz picked up the ball and zipped a throw to third that was scooped out of the dirt by Miguel Tejada to tag Willingham out.

The A’s loaded the bases in the fourth after Huff’s throw from first pulled shortstop Mike Fontenot off the bag at second. Vogelsong got Cahill to ground into a double play, scoring Ellis from third to even the score at 1-all. Coco Crisp then grounded out to second.

Vogelsong left after six innings, allowing only the one unearned run and four hits. The Giants have won all five starts he has made this season.

The A’s caught a huge break in the seventh when Ellis took third base on a blown call by plate umpire John Tumpane. Replays showed Cliff Pennington foul tipped the pitch from reliever Ramon Ramirez, but Tumpane ruled he swung through it and allowed Ellis to move up.

Giants catcher Buster Posey was livid, screaming at Tumpane in protest until manager Bruce Bochy came out to argue the call. But it never cost San Francisco—Pennington popped out and second baseman Sanchez made a diving snag to throw out pinch-hitter Conor Jackson.

Cahill gave up only Posey’s double in the fourth and struck out five in six innings. He has allowed one run or fewer in eight of his 10 starts this season.

NOTES: Ellis notched his 1,000th career hit with a single in the second. … A moment of silence was held before the game for Minnesota Twins slugger and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who died Tuesday at 74 after battling esophageal cancer. … Giants INF Mark DeRosa said he has a partial tear of a tendon in his left wrist and is scheduled to see a doctor next week. … The Athletics will likely call up LHP Trevor Outman and RHP Guillermo Moscoso on Monday to fill the void at the back of the rotation after Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross were put on the disabled list. … Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval is on schedule to return from right wrist surgery in two or three weeks, Bochy said. Sandoval will go on a minor league rehab assignment before he comes back.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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