SAN FRANCISCO –- Stephen Vogt finds himself playing any number of defensive positions on any given day.
That’s been a bit more predictable.
Vogt continued his hot-hitting ways on Thursday afternoon as the A’s jumped all over Tim Hudson in a 6-1 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. Oakland dominated the 2014 edition of the Bay Bridge series, taking three of four games and outscoring San Francisco 19-7 in the process.
Vogt drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the sixth, when the A’s scored four times and chased Hudson. The former “Big Three” member was facing his former team for just the second time in his career. In two starts against the A’s, the 38-year-old right-hander has allowed 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.
Vogt is riding a career-high 10-game hitting streak, during which he’s batting 16 for 35 (.457). He’s had five multiple-hit games during that span. And during those 10 games, Vogt has started games at catcher, right field, left field and first base, where he’s been the past three days.
Scott Kazmir (11-3) was terrific in his final start before the All-Star Game. He blanked the Giants over seven innings, and over his last three starts, he’s surrendered just three runs over 19 1/3 innings.
Starting pitching report
Kazmir allowed just three hits, struck out nine and walked one. He didn’t give up his first hit until Michael Morse led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to center. Later in that inning, Kazmir came to an awkward halt in his delivery when home plate umpire Angel Hernandez called time out as he was set to deliver a pitch to Brandon Hicks.
Kazmir fell off to the side of the mound and like he might have been bothered by something. But he stayed in and struck out Hicks on a 94 mile-per-hour fastball to end that at-bat.
Dan Otero and Fernando Abad closed out the A’s 11th victory in their past 15 games.
At the plate
Hudson came in having allowed just three earned runs over his past two starts (14 innings). But the A’s got to him for a run in the second on Alberto Callaspo’s sacrifice fly. In the fifth, John Jaso tripled to right-center in the fifth and Vogt lined a single to right to score him. Then the A’s broke it open in the sixth.
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer to right, impressive opposite field power in a park where it’s tough for right-handers to showcase such strength. With two outs and runners on second and third, Vogt came through with a two-run single to right-center for a 6-0 lead.
In the field
Callaspo committed a fielding error that was of no consequence in the outcome.
A sellout crowd of 41,069 was on hand.
Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 1.29) and Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.11) engage in a marquee pitching matchup Friday as the A’s open a three-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. Saturday – Jesse Chavez (7-5, 3.06) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4, 3.07), 7:10 p.m. Sunday – Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.97) vs. Chris Young (8-5, 3.08), 1:10 p.m.