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.
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.
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.