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Petit strikes out 7 as Giants blank A's 3-0

By DON KETCHUM
Associated Press
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Yusmeiro Petit struck out seven in four impressive innings, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

The right-hander boosted his bid for a role on the staff as a long reliever and spot starter. He gave up two hits before the Giants' bullpen did the rest with five hitless innings.

Petit was 4-1 with a 3.56 ERA in eight games (seven starts) last year. He said he had one of his better spring training games in terms of location.

Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray also had a solid outing in his fifth start of the spring, giving up an unearned run and three hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in 5 2-3 innings.

Gregor Blanco hit an RBI triple and Brandon Crawford had a sacrifice fly for the Giants.

Oakland had three errors and only two hits.

''When you have more errors than you do hits, you're not going to do very well,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

STARTING TIME

Athletics: Gray made a strong impression as a rookie late last season, going 5-3 in 12 games (10 starts) with a 2.67 ERA. The team's No. 1 draft pick in 2011 (18th overall) appears to be picking up where he left off.

''He had a real good two-seam and change, and he's not afraid to throw the changeup when he gets in trouble,'' Melvin said.

Giants: Petit said he had trouble with his location earlier this spring, ''but it is getting better.''

''I am getting stronger and working on my mechanics,'' he said.

He kept his curveball low, almost in the dirt, ''and I was throwing it for strikes,'' Petit said. He pronounced himself ready for ''whatever role they give me.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Right fielder Josh Reddick, who robbed Giants newcomer Michael Morse of two home runs in a visit to Scottsdale early this spring, might not have been able to do that Friday night.

Reddick left the game in the bottom of the third inning after the one-day contact lenses he was wearing began to affect his vision. Melvin took him out as a precautionary measure.

Giants: Morse, who has been slowed by a strained calf, was in the starting lineup and was hitless in two at-bats. The team will see how he bounces back Saturday.

Meanwhile, second baseman Marco Scutaro had a second epidural injection to help him deal with his back discomfort. He played in his first game earlier in the week but hasn't played since. His status remains uncertain and he could begin the season on the disabled list.

CAIN IS ABLE

Matt Cain, the Giants' No. 2 starter, bounced back a bit after giving up seven runs against the A's last week. He pitched six innings against the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, giving up three runs and three hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

GENERATING OFFENSE

Hunter Pence scored the Giants' first run in the fourth inning when he reached on an error and came home on Joaquin Arias' single.

Two more runs scored in the eighth. Tyler Colvin led off with a single and scored on a triple by Blanco, who came in on Crawford's sacrifice fly.

TALE OF TWO CLOSERS

Oakland's new closer, Jim Johnson, gave up the two eighth-inning runs on two hits. He had not allowed a run in four of his six previous outings.

Giants closer Sergio Romo, who struggled early this spring, pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two to earn his first save.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

Y. Petit
IP 4.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
Oakland

S. Gray
IP 5.2
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3000010 .323
   Jake Elmore, 2B1000010 .300
Josh Donaldson, 3B3010000 .243
   Billy McKinney, LF0000000 .455
Jed Lowrie, SS3000031 .289
   Nate Freiman, 1B0000000 .243
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3000031 .130
   Tyler Ladendorf, 3B0000000 .333
Brandon Moss, 1B3000020 .394
   Daniel Robertson, SS0000000 .211
Josh Reddick, RF1000010 .324
   Michael Taylor, RF2000000 .308
John Jaso, C3010000 .278
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
Nick Punto, 2B2000000 .368
   Billy Burns, CF1000000 .286
Sonny Gray, P2000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Stephen Vogt, C1000010 .382
Totals28020012  
Batting
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Punto-Moss, Lowrie-Punto-Moss-Donaldson-Punto-Moss
E - Jed Lowrie (2, Throwing), Brandon Moss (2, Missed catch of throw), Nick Punto (2, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sonny Gray (L,0-1) 5.2310170 4.02
Sean Doolittle 0.1100010 4.26
Luke Gregerson 1000010 6.75
Jim Johnson 1222010 5.14
WP - Jim Johnson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Sonny Gray 39-35, Sean Doolittle 4-4, Luke Gregerson 4-4, Jim Johnson 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sonny Gray 8-3, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Sonny Gray 22, Sean Doolittle 2, Luke Gregerson 2, Jim Johnson 5
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3010010 .231
   Gregor Blanco, CF1111000 .256
Brandon Crawford, SS3001010 .214
Brandon Belt, 1B3000110 .268
Hunter Pence, RF4100011 .333
Michael Morse, LF2000011 .211
   David Huff, P1000010 .000
   Derek Law, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Hector Sanchez, C3020000 .325
Joaquin Arias, 3B3011002 .325
Ehire Adrianza, 2B3000033 .176
Yusmeiro Petit, P1000000 .000
   Tyler Colvin, LF2110010 .190
Totals29363110  
Batting
3B - Gregor Blanco (1, Johnson)
SF - Brandon Crawford (1)
RBI - Gregor Blanco (3), Brandon Crawford (5), Joaquin Arias (6)
2-OUT RBI - Joaquin Arias (3)
CS - Angel Pagan (1, 2nd base by Gray/Jaso)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yusmeiro Petit (W,1-2) 4200070 5.25
David Huff (H,3) 3000020 1.29
Derek Law (H,3) 1000010 1.93
Sergio Romo (S,1) 1000020 17.47
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 27-27, David Huff 13-13, Derek Law 5-5, Sergio Romo 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 4-0, David Huff 4-3, Derek Law 2-0, Sergio Romo 1-0
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 13, David Huff 9, Derek Law 3, Sergio Romo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12148
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Hal Gibson, Third Base - Alex Ortiz