San Francisco at Oakland

W: R. Johnson (7-5) L: G. Gonzalez (0-1)
S: B. Wilson (20)
HR: SF - N. Schierholtz (2)   OAK - K. Suzuki (4)

Giants 6, Athletics 3 wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- -Randy Johnson is rejuvenated with the San Francisco Giants.

He follows reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in the rotation, then sees nine-game winner Matt Cain pitch after him.

"I can't say I feel any younger watching them pitch," Johnson said. "I'm enjoying this year as much as any year I've ever enjoyed because I'm making my pitches."

Johnson earned career victory No. 302 and matched his season high with seven innings, Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer to help the cause and San Francisco beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 in the 2009 Bay Bridge Series finale Wednesday.

Aaron Rowand added an RBI double and the Giants captured the season series with the A's for the first time since 2001 with their second straight winning road series.

Johnson (7-5) followed Lincecum's seven-hitter a night earlier with another strong showing. The 45-year-old Big Unit, who beat Oakland on June 13 for his 301st win, allowed one run on six hits, struck out six and walked one in seven innings.

"I'm 45 years old and I'm going out and getting double-play balls and I went seven innings today," he said. "That's a lot of innings for me. But I'm here to pitch on the day I'm here and I'm sure I'll have a couple of bad games before the year is over. In the meantime you want to keep things rolling too."

After Jack Cust's single in the third, Johnson didn't allow another hit until Orlando Cabrera singled in the sixth.

Kurt Suzuki hit a solo home run off San Francisco reliever Sergio Romo to go with an early RBI single for the A's, who lost five of six to the Giants this year.

"We've struggled against left-handed pitchers this whole first half and tonight was no different," A's manager Bruce Bochy said. "Johnson wasn't dominating like he can but he threw the ball well and recorded a lot of outs."

Giants closer Brian Wilson entered with two outs in the ninth following pinch-hitter Nomar Garciaparra's RBI double off Bob Howry. Wilson then struck out Adam Kennedy for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

Oakland's Gio Gonzalez (0-1) struggled to locate his pitches from the outset in his first start of the year, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs while throwing 83 pitches in just 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to pitch in place of injured rookie Josh Outman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left elbow.

Gonzalez loaded the bases in the fourth, then allowed a run-scoring single by Andres Torres, Pablo Sandoval's RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly to Edgar Renteria. And that was it as he gave way to Edgar Gonzalez.

Johnson dug himself an early hole when Kennedy led off the first with a triple and scored on Suzuki's single moments later. Johnson still struck out the side in the inning.

Then the Giants' offense did its part.

Schierholtz connected for his second homer of the year -- his first was an inside-the-park version versus the A's on June 14 -- Matt Downs followed with a single and Rowand doubled him home.

That had to be encouraging for manager Bruce Bochy, who had watched his club go 3-for-33 with runners in scoring position in the previous four games.

"It wasn't pretty at times, but it worked," Bochy said. "Left-handers have been tough on us. It was good to see us put runs on the board against left-handers."

The Giants now head out of town to Milwaukee and St. Louis to continue this 11-day, 10-game road trip that began with an easy commute across San Francisco Bay.

Juan Uribe singled in the seventh after returning to San Francisco's lineup for the first time since hurting his left hamstring June 13.

The Giants took the season series with the A's for only the second time. San Francisco went 4-2 in the rivalry in 2001.


Johnson's 19 interleague wins tie him with six others for the second most all time. ... San Francisco OF Randy Winn is essentially getting three days off to let his tired body recover. He was the DH on Tuesday night, rested Wednesday and the team has an off day Thursday. ... Bochy hasn't named a starter for Sunday's game with the Brewers. The team is considering skipping LHP Jonathan Sanchez's turn along with giving Lincecum an extra day.

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Players of the Game

K. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
San Francisco

N. Schierholtz
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Andres Torres, LF5011022 .264
Pablo Sandoval, DH4011101 .335
Bengie Molina, C4000113 .260
Edgar Renteria, SS4011010 .249
Rich Aurilia, 1B5120012 .213
Juan Uribe, 3B4010023 .291
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HR - Nate Schierholtz (2, G. Gonzalez)
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Team LOB - 9
DP - Renteria-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Randy Johnson (W,7-5) 7611160 4.68
Sergio Romo 1111011 2.89
Bob Howry 0.2111100 4.15
Brian Wilson (S,20) 0.1000010 2.91
HBP - Hannahan (by Randy Johnson)
WP - Randy Johnson (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 102-65, Sergio Romo 18-10, Bob Howry 17-11, Brian Wilson 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 9-5
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 28, Sergio Romo 4, Bob Howry 4, Brian Wilson 1
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 2B5110024 .298
Kurt Suzuki, C4122000 .278
Jack Cust, RF4010021 .227
Matt Holliday, LF4010001 .269
Jason Giambi, DH4000023 .205
Orlando Cabrera, SS4010012 .243
Bobby Crosby, 1B3000101 .190
Rajai Davis, CF3110100 .240
Jack Hannahan, 3B2000011 .191
   a- Nomar Garciaparra, PH1011000 .254
    Daric Barton, PR0000000 .071
a-doubled for Hannahan in the 9th
2B - Matt Holliday (14, R. Johnson), Nomar Garciaparra (2, Howry)
3B - Adam Kennedy (1, R. Johnson)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (4, Romo)
RBI - Kurt Suzuki 2 (27), Nomar Garciaparra (9)
2-OUT RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (4)
SB - Rajai Davis (9, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Crosby
E - Gio Gonzalez (1, Throwing), Jack Hannahan (3, Misplayed grounder), Matt Holliday (3, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Gio Gonzalez (L,0-1) 3.21064261 8.03
Edgar Gonzalez 1.1000010 4.56
Russ Springer 1000100 5.61
Michael Wuertz 1100000 2.94
Santiago Casilla 2000000 6.20
IBB - Molina by Gio Gonzalez
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 83-48, Edgar Gonzalez 17-11, Russ Springer 14-6, Michael Wuertz 20-11, Santiago Casilla 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 3-2, Edgar Gonzalez 1-2, Michael Wuertz 4-0, Santiago Casilla 3-3
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 23, Edgar Gonzalez 4, Russ Springer 4, Michael Wuertz 5, Santiago Casilla 6
Game Information
Attendance - 35067
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Laz Diaz