Scott Kazmir fired 5.1 shutout innings and Josh Reddick hit his third homer of the exhibition season as the Oakland Athletics blanked the San Francisco Giants 4-0 Thursday night in the first game of the annual Bay Bridge Series at AT&T Park.
Kazmir (1-0) allowed only two hits and walked three while striking out four before handing it over to the bullpen after throwing 78 pitches.
Donaldson struck again in the fifth with a little help from Giants left fielder Michael Morse. Eric Sogard led off the inning with a single, moved up on a sacrifice by Kazmir, went to third on a groundout and then scored when Donaldson tripled to left. Morse took a bad angle to the ball and then dove, coming up well short as the ball rolled all the way to the wall.
It was a tough night for Morse in his first game at his new position in his new home park. He allowed Reddick to reach on an error in the fourth when he couldn’t come up with a fly ball and he appeared a bit hesitant on several plays.
The A’s capped the scoring when Reddick powered a two-run homer to right field off Giants starter Tim Hudson (2-2), who allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, walking one and striking out six.
David Huff, J.C. Gutierrez and Erik Cordier each pitched a scoreless inning for San Francisco (17-11). Cordier struck out two batters and allowed a hit, Gutierrez allowed a hit and had a strikeout and Huff struck out one of the three batters he faced. Cordier and Gutierrez each issued a walk, as well.