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Athletics' Kazmir shuts down Giants, 6-1, with All-Star performance

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In one of his best starts of the season, Scott Kazmir gave up only three hits and struck out nine San Francisco Giants en route to a 6-1 victory Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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In the sixth inning, Josh Donaldson’s two-run homer was the highlight of a four-run inning that included three doubles in a five-hit Athletics barrage. The multi-hit inning broke open a sleepy 2-0 game that put the A’s in control, 6-0, and win the third of four games against the Giants in the annual Bay Bridge series between the two teams.

“I felt good from the first pitch I threw,” Scott Kazmir said. “I was able to get some quick outs and use all of my pitches.” Kazmir walked only one batter while keeping the Giants scoreless in seven innings of work.

Stephen Vogt went 2 for 5 with three RBIs and John Jaso was 2 for three for the Athletics. Jaso, the A's lead-off hitter, was only the 13th catcher in MLB history to have that distinction.

Tim Hudson lasted 5 1/3 innings unraveling in the sixth inning allowing extra-base hits to the first four batters and leaving the bases loaded and only one out for reliever Javier Lopez.

Lopez would give up a 2-RBI single to Stephen Vogt before handing the ball over to Jean Machi for the final out of the inning. The aggressive- swinging Yoenis Cespedes struck out four time in five at-bats.

Kazmir, is one of six Oakland Athletics heading to the All-Star game next week in Minneapolis. Joining Kazmir will be Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes, Sean Doolittle, Derrick Norris.

The A’s newly-acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, selected as a NL All-Star as a member of the Chicago Cubs, will have the honor of attending the game in Minneapolis but not play in the game for the American League.

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