Oakland at San Francisco

W: K. Yabu (4-0) L: K. Rueter (2-3)
HR: OAK - K. Ginter (3)   SF - M. Alou (4)

Athletics 8, Giants 4

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Not many 5-foot-10 second basemen are in a major-league lineup because of their power stroke. Then again, not many teams need big hits more than the power-starved Oakland Athletics.

Keith Ginter hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and had a career-high five RBI in Oakland's 8-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

Ginter drove in five runs with just one official at-bat in the opener of the Bay Bridge interleague series. The backup infielder, who entered batting .171 in his first season with the A's, also drew a walk and drove in two runs with early sacrifice flies.

Oakland's 25 homers this season are the fewest in the majors, along with its lows in slugging percentage and extra-base hits. So Ginter, who hit 19 homers for Milwaukee last season, is getting regular playing time from manager Ken Macha despite his miserable average.

"It's something we've struggled with all season long," Ginter said. "I was in situations tonight where all I needed to do was get the ball in the outfield, and I was able to do it. I feel like my time is coming. I know the numbers aren't there, but I feel like I can stay in the lineup and make some contributions."

Along with Wednesday's 13-6 victory over Boston, the A's have their highest-scoring back-to-back games this season. Bobby Kielty matched his career high with four hits and scored three runs as the A's got their third victory in four games following an eight-game skid.

"We overcame some things," Macha said. "Some big walks, us falling behind, a major baserunning mistake (by Scott Hatteberg). ... But we're starting to knock in some runs, and it's a significant thing for our club to succeed."

Eric Chavez had a tiebreaking single during Oakland's five-run seventh, when four San Francisco pitchers couldn't stop the A's. Oakland's rally began against starter Kirk Rueter (2-3) and finished against Jim Brower, who allowed Ginter's third homer of the season.

"It's a big homestand, but they're all important for us now," Rueter said. "I was in trouble early, and I kept battling. Unfortunately, they got five runs in the seventh."

Keiichi Yabu (4-0) allowed two hits and two walks in two innings of relief.

Moises Alou hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who lost for the fourth time in five games. They allowed four unearned runs in the opener of a nine-game homestand, with their mistakes and poor relief pitching eliciting groans from the sellout crowd.

The Bay Area's ballclubs had split the first 44 games of their rivalry since interleague play began in 1997. With both teams struggling below .500, there was little anticipation of the matchup -- but SBC Park still was practically filled, with only a few stretches of empty seats in the highest reaches of the stadium.

A's rookie Joe Blanton couldn't hold a two-run lead in his latest failure to record his first major-league victory after eight starts this season. Blanton, who is 0-4, allowed a runner in each frame of his 4 2/3 innings, and his lapses in control included a pitch that flew over catcher Jason Kendall and hit the backstop.

But he kept San Francisco off the scoreboard until the fifth, when Alou hit just his fourth homer of the season, a two-out shot to center.

Rueter also struggled for the Giants, allowing eight hits and four walks, including Marco Scutaro's bases-loaded walk in the second. He left after Eric Byrnes' one-out single in the seventh, but relievers Scott Munter, Jason Christiansen and Brower struggled to quell Oakland's rally.

Before the game, San Francisco transferred Barry Bonds to the 60-day disabled list, but the slugger seemed upbeat and thankful to be healthy after fighting off a dangerous bacterial infection in recent weeks. Bonds' quest to catch Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth on baseball's career homers list has been derailed by three surgeries on his right knee since Jan. 31.

But Bonds misses baseball, and he spent time chatting with teammates and signing autographs for kids before the game.

"I want to finish what I started here," Bonds said. "I have a contract, and I have an obligation to the team, the city and the fans here. I'm being an optimist. I'm looking at the positives of this, and I'm going to do the best I can now that this infection is gone."


The A's put closer Octavio Dotel on the 15-day DL before the game. Rookie Huston Street, widely considered Oakland's closer of the future, will take over the role in Dotel's absence while resting his strained right elbow. Street pitched the ninth. ... The Giants recalled INF Brian Dallimore from Triple-A Fresno. Dallimore hit .279 in 20 games as a 30-year-old rookie last season.
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Players of the Game

K. Ginter
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1

B. Kielty
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 0

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Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF5010003 .289
Eric Byrnes, LF4110002 .269
Jason Kendall, C5100003 .226
Eric Chavez, 3B5221001 .211
Bobby Kielty, RF4340100 .317
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Scott Hatteberg, 1B3011102 .287
Keith Ginter, 2B1115100 .183
    Kirk Saarloos, P0000000 .000
    Charles Thomas, RF0000000 .103
Marco Scutaro, SS2011200 .242
Joe Blanton, P2000002 .000
    Keiichi Yabu, P1000002 .000
    Mark Ellis, 2B1010000 .284
2B - Mark Kotsay (9, Rueter), Bobby Kielty (5, Rueter), Mark Ellis (5, Accardo)
HR - Keith Ginter (3, Brower)
SF - Scott Hatteberg (1), Keith Ginter 2 (3)
RBI - Eric Chavez (18), Scott Hatteberg (15), Keith Ginter 5 (16), Marco Scutaro (10)
2-OUT RBI - Keith Ginter 3 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Eric Byrnes 1, Bobby Kielty 1
DP - Kielty-Hatteberg
E - Joe Blanton (1, Wild throw), Keith Ginter (1, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton 4.2733401 5.15
Keiichi Yabu (W,4-0) 2211210 3.32
Kirk Saarloos 1.1000010 4.64
Huston Street 1000110 1.93
WP - Joe Blanton (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 89-45, Keiichi Yabu 35-16, Kirk Saarloos 19-13, Huston Street 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 8-5, Keiichi Yabu 3-2, Kirk Saarloos 3-0, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 24, Keiichi Yabu 10, Kirk Saarloos 4, Huston Street 4
San Francisco Giants
Jason Ellison, CF5000010 .326
Omar Vizquel, SS3110200 .273
J.T. Snow, 1B5000012 .279
Moises Alou, RF5122001 .250
Ray Durham, 2B3210200 .273
Pedro Feliz, LF-3B4011101 .303
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B3031100 .310
    Jeremy Accardo, P0000000 .000
Mike Matheny, C3000114 .243
Kirk Rueter, P3010003 .188
    Scott Munter, P0000000 .000
    Jason Christiansen, P0000000 .000
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
    Michael Tucker, LF1000000 .214
HR - Moises Alou (4, Blanton)
RBI - Moises Alou 2 (14), Pedro Feliz (28), Edgardo Alfonzo (22)
2-OUT RBI - Moises Alou 2 (11), Pedro Feliz (6), Edgardo Alfonzo (8)
SB - Omar Vizquel (10, 2nd base off Blanton/Kendall)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Moises Alou 1
DP - Rueter-Matheny-Snow, Vizquel-Snow, Alou-Vizquel-Durham, Accardo-Vizquel-Snow
E - Edgardo Alfonzo (5, Wild throw)
San Francisco Giants
Kirk Rueter (L,2-3) 6.1844400 4.25
Scott Munter0010000 2.25
Jason Christiansen 0.1122100 5.27
Jim Brower 0.1111001 6.63
Jeremy Accardo 2200000 6.48
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HBP - Byrnes (by Kirk Rueter)
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Rueter 109-57, Scott Munter 7-4, Jason Christiansen 15-8, Jim Brower 4-4, Jeremy Accardo 30-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Rueter 9-7, Scott Munter 1-0, Jim Brower 1-0, Jeremy Accardo 4-1
Batters Faced - Kirk Rueter 29, Scott Munter 1, Jason Christiansen 3, Jim Brower 2, Jeremy Accardo 7
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Attendance - 42701
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Jim Wolf