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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Zito had his closer to thank for preserving a long-awaited victory against the Oakland Athletics.

"That was all about Brian Wilson," Zito said. "He stole the show."

Zito finally got the best of his former team and only club he'd never beaten, ending a four-start winless stretch in the San Francisco Giants' 5-4 victory over the A's on Saturday night.

Pablo Sandoval homered, Juan Uribe hit a pair of run-scoring singles and Aubrey Huff added an RBI triple for the Giants. They made it two in a row in the Bay Bridge Series after being swept across the bay in Oakland last month.

While Zito gave up solo home runs to Adam Rosales and Matt Carson, he outpitched Ben Sheets (2-6). Wilson earned a five-out save, pitching out of two jams.

"That's what I signed up for," Wilson said. "You get a chance to be a hero or a failure. I always like to choose the hero option because it's more lucrative. Fans like it."

Zito (7-2) was the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with the A's and left for a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Giants before the 2007 season. It took him five tries to beat Oakland after going 0-4 with an 8.85 ERA over his first four outings.

Zito lost to the A's 6-1 on May 21 at the Coliseum -- tagged for season highs of nine hits and six runs -- and had three straight no-decisions since then.

"It's definitely a monkey off my back," said Zito, who credited the A's for tough at-bats against him each matchup. "It was different the first year over here. Since then they've been getting me on off days."

This time, he allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked two. He won on an unseasonably warm Bay Area night featuring a first-pitch temperature of 73 degrees, highest all season at AT&T Park.

The Giants nearly lost their lead in the eighth after the A's loaded the bases against former Oakland reliever Santiago Casilla. Jeremy Affeldt relieved and walked pinch-hitter Gabe Gross to force in a run that made it 5-4.

Wilson entered and got the final two outs of the eighth, then finished for his 17th save in 19 chances after allowing two singles.

Perhaps this win will help get Zito on a roll like the left-hander was on when he began the season 5-0. Zito, who beat out an infield single in the fourth for his fifth hit of the year, improved to 11-17 in interleague play.

Wilson was happy to get Zito back in the win column - against the A's, no less.

"We were aware of that," Wilson said of Zito not beating Oakland. "I was thinking of getting a little beer shower going, but he's got 10 years in."

Oakland's Kevin Kouzmanoff singled in the first to extend his career-high hitting streak to 13 games and added an RBI double in the eighth.

Sheets, on a $10 million, one-year contract, lost his third straight start and is winless over seven outings since beating Tampa Bay on May 8. He was done after six innings for the third straight time.

"Six innings isn't that great," Sheets said. "That's where I am right now. I'm starting to feel better toward the end of games so I'll just keep pushing forward. It's a long season."

Sandoval led off the sixth with his fifth home run of the year and first in 58 at-bats since his last on May 28.

Andres Torres hit a go-ahead RBI single in the second, an unearned run after Sheets' throwing error allowed Sandoval to advance after he drew a leadoff walk.

A's manager Bob Geren rejoined the team after missing Friday night's 6-2 loss to attend the high school graduation of his son, Bobby.

"To come up short was a little disheartening but it was a great comeback," Geren said.

Also, center fielder and leadoff man Rajai Davis returned to Oakland's lineup after missing four games since his left hamstring tightened up on a triple Monday night against the Angels.

Notes

Kouzmanoff is batting .451 with 10 RBI during the hitting streak. ... With an off-day Monday, Geren is leaning toward giving both Sheets and Dallas Braden -- winless in six starts since his perfect game May 9 -- an extra day or two between starts. ... Giants SS Edgar Renteria, on his second DL stint of the year this time with a strained right groin, ran the bases for the second straight day and is getting close to returning. ... More than 20,000 people watched the 1-1 England-U.S. soccer match earlier Saturday at the ballpark.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Oakland

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Oakland Athletics
Rajai Davis, CF5010003 .256
Daric Barton, 1B4010111 .283
Mark Ellis, 2B4110102 .277
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5131011 .287
Jack Cust, LF3010202 .286
Jake Fox, C3000022 .214
   a- Landon Powell, PH-C2000014 .250
Matt Carson, RF3111012 .111
   b- Ryan Sweeney, PH-RF0000100 .314
Cliff Pennington, SS3000002 .205
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   c- Gabe Gross, PH0001100 .274
    Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
Ben Sheets, P2000020 .000
   d- Adam Rosales, PH-SS2111013 .281
Totals3649469  
a-struck out for Fox in the 8th
b-walked for Carson in the 8th
c-walked for Wuertz in the 8th
d-homered for Sheets in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (11, Mota)
HR - Matt Carson (1, Zito), Adam Rosales (5, Zito)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (34), Matt Carson (1), Gabe Gross (11), Adam Rosales (22)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Rosales (12)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Ellis-Barton
E - Cliff Pennington (8, Misplayed grounder), Ben Sheets (2, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Ben Sheets (L,2-6) 6853321 4.93
Michael Wuertz 1200000 5.73
Craig Breslow 1000000 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 98-63, Michael Wuertz 20-16, Craig Breslow 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 11-4, Craig Breslow 1-2
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 28, Michael Wuertz 5, Craig Breslow 3
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, CF4121001 .297
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4110002 .333
Aubrey Huff, RF-LF4111002 .300
Juan Uribe, SS3022101 .291
Pat Burrell, LF3020111 .238
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Buster Posey, 1B4000006 .396
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3211101 .280
Bengie Molina, C4000001 .254
Barry Zito, P3010011 .208
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000000 .275
Totals33510532  
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (19, Sheets), Pat Burrell (8, Wuertz)
3B - Aubrey Huff (2, Sheets)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (5, Sheets)
RBI - Andres Torres (17), Aubrey Huff (29), Juan Uribe 2 (40), Pablo Sandoval (24)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (7), Juan Uribe (16)
CS - Andres Torres (3, 2nd base by Sheets/Fox)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (W,7-2) 7622262 3.10
Guillermo Mota0122200 3.22
Santiago Casilla (H,4) 0.1000110 1.13
Jeremy Affeldt0000100 4.43
Brian Wilson (S,17) 1.2200020 2.28
WP - Santiago Casilla (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 110-78, Guillermo Mota 13-5, Santiago Casilla 8-3, Jeremy Affeldt 4-0, Brian Wilson 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 9-6, Brian Wilson 2-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 29, Guillermo Mota 3, Santiago Casilla 2, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Brian Wilson 7
Game Information
Attendance - 36861
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Chris Tiller, Third Base - Tim Tschida