A’s Finally Beat Lincecum, Giants In Bay Bridge Series
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OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Josh Willingham hit an RBI double and also scored on a throwing error, and the Oakland Athletics ended their winless streak against San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum with a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Friday night.
Conor Jackson had three hits and an RBI, and Graham Godfrey pitched seven innings to win in just his second major league start for Oakland.
The A’s ended a six-game losing streak against the Giants and have won three straight under interim manager Bob Melvin.
Cody Ross homered for San Francisco but the Giants couldn’t overcome Lincecum’s fourth straight shaky outing and a sputtering offense that continues to misfire with runners in scoring position.
The A’s hadn’t defeated Lincecum (5-6) in six previous interleague games between the two teams and were shut out by the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner on May 21.
Oakland jumped on Lincecum for one run in the first and two more in the third. The three runs equaled the total Lincecum gave up to Oakland in his previous five starts combined.
Godfrey (1-0) and two relievers did the rest, combining on the six-hitter.
Godfrey, roughed up for five runs and nine hits in his major league debut against the White Sox on June 10, allowed six hits and gave up both San Francisco runs. He had three strikeouts.
That marked the third straight win by an Oakland starting pitcher following a 14-game stretch when the staff went 0-11.
Rookie Jemile Weeks continued his impressive showing since getting called up from the minors 10 days ago to fill in for injured second baseman Mark Ellis. Weeks had two hits to raise his average to .361, including an RBI double in the ninth when the A’s scored a pair of insurance runs off Giants reliever Guillermo Mota.
It was a tough day all around for San Francisco’s pitchers and came less than 24 hours after reliever Santiago Casilla gave up a walkoff home run to Arizona’s Justin Upton in the 10th inning.
Lincecum didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in either of his previous two starts and ran into trouble early again. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Jackson in the first inning, then later loaded the bases before getting Kurt Suzuki to ground out.
After Lincecum breezed through the second on 11 pitches, the A’s got to him for two more runs in third.
Hideki Matsui walked and scored on Willingham’s double when the ball hit a folded chair leaning against the wall near Oakland’s bullpen. Willingham then stole third but catcher Chris Stewart’s throw sailed into left field, allowing Willingham to score easily and make it 3-1.
The three runs are the most the A’s have scored off Lincecum since June 8, 2007 — his second month in the majors. Lincecum, who left after walking Coco Crisp leading off the seventh, finished with seven strikeouts and five walks.
Lincecum, who has a 7.59 ERA over four starts in June, has walked 12 batters over his past three outings and has won just once since pitching a complete game against Oakland on May 21.
Ross homered off Godfrey in the second, and San Francisco added an unearned run in the sixth when Aubrey Huff’s slow grounder rolled through the legs of shortstop Cliff Pennington.
Godfrey, called up from the minors last week after Brett Anderson went on the disabled list with elbow soreness, looked more relaxed making his first start at the Coliseum. The Oakland right-hander pitched out of a jam in the first then later made an inning-ending play in the fourth to tag out Pablo Sandoval trying to score the tying run from third on a wild pitch.
That was key because San Francisco didn’t get many other chances.
Godfrey retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced after Bill Hall scored on Pennington’s error. Grant Balfour pitched the eighth and Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his third save in four chances.
Notes: Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson wore an A’s uniform during pre-game warmups and talked with several Oakland players. … Giants LHP Barry Zito allowed four runs in six innings during his latest rehab start. Zito (sprained right foot) is likely to make one more outing in the minors, according to manager Bruce Bochy, before the club decides what to do next. Bochy has already said that Ryan Vogelsong, who was called up when Zito went to the minors, will remain in the rotation when Zito is ready to return to the big league club. … Oakland 2B Mark Ellis (hamstring) will begin a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento beginning Saturday. … RHP Tyson Ross (strained left oblique) threw off a mound, an important step in his rehab. … RHP Brandon McCarthy (stress reaction in right scapula) is scheduled to throw to hitters Saturday for the first time since early May. … The game was sold out, just Oakland’s third of the season.
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