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Giants continue to feast on A's at home

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong had all of the answers except for what actually hit him during the San Francisco Giants' key rally.

Vogelsong allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings and drew a disputed hit by pitch in San Francisco's four-run seventh as the Giants beat the Oakland Athletics for the 11th straight time at home, 4-0 on Saturday.

Vogelsong (2-2) retired the first 13 batters he faced and allowed only a soft single to right-center by Seth Smith with one out in the fifth. But he was still locked in a scoreless duel with Tyson Ross before the Giants broke through in the seventh after the umpire ruled a ball hit Vogelsong despite claims from the A's that it hit the bat instead.

"I wasn't acting. Something hit me in the chest, whether it was my bat or the ball, something made contact with me," Vogelsong said. "I didn't know what it was. I thought I got hit."

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Buster Posey hit an RBI double and Angel Pagan added a two-run single in the big inning to help the Giants win for the sixth time in eight games. They also extended their home dominance over the A's, who have not won in San Francisco since 2008.

Emmanuel Burriss led off the seventh with an infield single between third base and shortstop. Giants manager Bruce Bochy then called back pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff from the on-deck circle to have Vogelsong try to lay down a bunt.

Tyson Ross (2-4) threw high and tight and home plate umpire James Hoye ruled Vogelsong was hit by the pitch. The A's argued that the ball hit Vogelsong's bat.

"I knew he was bunting. I tried to elevate a fastball to try and induce a popup or maybe get a double play. It kind of got away from me a little bit," Ross said. "I saw it hit the bat but the umpire saw it differently. That was a big spot in the game. Unfortunately he was awarded the base and you know what happened after that."

Grant Balfour came in and walked Gregor Blanco on four pitches before striking out Brandon Crawford for the first out. Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly. Posey extended the lead with a ground-rule double and Pagan's single made it 4-0.

"You have to capitalize on it," Posey said. "We were able to do that."

Oakland manager Bob Melvin got ejected after arguing again with Hoye on his way to take out Balfour after Pagan's hit. Melvin was also ejected Thursday in Texas after another argument, although plate umpire Laz Diaz later apologized to Melvin after acknowledging he missed the call.

The A's rallied to beat the Rangers in 10 innings in that game, but couldn't overcome a disputed call this time to extend their longest losing streak in one stadium since dropping 12 in a row at Milwaukee from 1992-95.

"At some point you have to move on and continue to play and try to shut it down," Melvin said. "We tried to. They just ended up scoring some runs right there."

The game was scoreless after six innings even though the Giants put 10 runners on base to just two for the Athletics. Ross escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first by getting Pagan to pop up and striking out Brandon Belt to end a 31-pitch inning.

He stranded two more runners in the second when he struck out Crawford. He then induced inning-ending double plays in the fifth and sixth from Cabrera and Joaquin Arias after putting runners on first and second.

Vogelsong was helped early when Cabrera made a shoestring, backhand catch in left-center to rob Jemile Weeks of a hit to lead off the game. That was the closest the A's came to a baserunner before Smith's single. Josh Donaldson, who had five RBI on Friday night, followed by hitting into an inning-ending double play as Vogelsong faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings.

Vogelsong pitched around a leadoff walk to Daric Barton in the sixth, the only other baserunner he allowed. He has allowed just three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings over his last four starts, lowering his ERA to 2.27, as he has picked up from his breakthrough All-Star season last year.

"I think I need to do it for the whole season," Vogelsong said. "That's a big goal of mine for this season, to have another solid year and kind of put that beside me going forward. I still feel like I have a lot to prove."

Notes

  • The only longer regular-season win streak over an opponent for the Giants at this ballpark came when they beat the Mets 12 straight times from 2000-03. But New York split two playoff games here in 2000.
  • Vogelsong walked in the second inning, giving Giants pitchers three walks in two games after having just two in the first 38.
  • Tim Lincecum, who is 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA in seven starts against Oakland, pitches the series finale against Bartolo Colon.
 
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Ryan Vogelsong pitches seven innings of one-hit ball as the Giants beat the A's for the 11th straight time at home. (Getty Images)
Ryan Vogelsong pitches seven innings of one-hit ball as the Giants beat the A's for the 11th straight time at home. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

R. Vogelsong
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B4000001 .200
Cliff Pennington, SS3000010 .218
Josh Reddick, CF-RF3000000 .270
Jonny Gomes, LF3000020 .235
    Travis Blackley, P0000000 .000
Seth Smith, RF-LF3010010 .240
Josh Donaldson, 3B3000011 .125
Daric Barton, 1B2000100 .211
Kurt Suzuki, C2000111 .224
Tyson Ross, P2000011 .000
    Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
    Collin Cowgill, CF0000000 .129
   a- Kila Ka'aihue, PH1000001 .264
Totals2601027  
a-grounded into a double play for Cowgill in the 9th
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Barton, Weeks-Pennington-Barton, Donaldson-Barton, Pennington-Weeks-Barton
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross (L,2-4) 6722440 5.73
Grant Balfour 0.2222110 4.50
Travis Blackley 1.1100010 6.14
HBP - Vogelsong (by Tyson Ross)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 108-61, Grant Balfour 17-8, Travis Blackley 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 7-4, Travis Blackley 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 27, Grant Balfour 5, Travis Blackley 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, RF2110210 .282
Brandon Crawford, SS4020025 .233
Melky Cabrera, LF3021001 .337
Buster Posey, C3111101 .302
Angel Pagan, CF4022003 .304
Brandon Belt, 1B3000124 .253
Joaquin Arias, 3B4010001 .238
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4110001 .210
Ryan Vogelsong, P1100110 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Brett Pill, PH1000000 .232
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
Totals29410456  
a-flied out for Lopez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (7, Balfour)
SF - Melky Cabrera (2)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (17), Buster Posey (16), Angel Pagan 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey (5), Angel Pagan 2 (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Arias-Burriss-Belt, Belt-Crawford-Hensley
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (W,2-2) 7100150 2.27
Javier Lopez 1000020 1.04
Clay Hensley 1000100 2.35
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 97-62, Javier Lopez 9-7, Clay Hensley 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 6-9, Javier Lopez 1-0, Clay Hensley 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 22, Javier Lopez 3, Clay Hensley 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41411
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike Estabrook