Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics Blank San Francisco Giants In Bay Bridge Series Opener

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.

Dan Otero got the final two outs of the sixth, Drew Pomeranz allowed a hit and a walk while fanning two in 1.2 innings and Evan Scribner allowed a hit and struck out one to get the final four outs.

Josh Donaldson got Oakland (14-13) on the board in the third inning, getting a sharp ground ball double down the left-field line to score Coco Crisp from first.

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.

Hunter Pence, batting second behind Angel Pagan, had two of the Giants’ four hits to raise his exhibition average to .371. Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes had two hits apiece for the A’s.

The teams continue the series Friday night, again at AT&T Park, with Jesse Chavez scheduled to start for Oakland and Tim Lincecum set to take the bump for San Francisco at 7:15 p.m.

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