A's narrowly avoid sweep, edge Angels in 10th


A's narrowly avoid sweep, edge Angels in 10th


Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com
ANAHEIM - The A's salvaged the third game of a three-game series with the Angels in Anaheim with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings Wednesday.Cliff Pennington led off the 10th inning with a triple off left-fielder Vernon Wells' glove and scored on Conor Jackson's one-out, high-chopper groundout to shortstop.Brad Ziegler pitched a perfect inning for his first save of the season.Still, the A's lackluster offense - which was a combined 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position in the series, 0-11 Wednesday - wasted a sterling start from right-hander Tyson Ross at Angel Stadium.Kevin Kouzmanoff's team-high sixth error, on an Alexi Amarista grounder, led off the ninth. Amarista was replaced by pinch-runner Mark Trumbo and he advanced to second base on Erick Aybar's sacrifice bunt.
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One batter later, and on a full count, Bobby Abreu doubled down the third-base line to score Trumbo."They got a break to tie the game," said A's manager Bob Geren. "We got a break to win the game. It felt like it was our game the whole way."Ross, making his second start of the season, threw seven innings of shutout ball. In the rotation with Dallas Braden on the disabled list, Ross allowed four hits while striking out three, walking one and uncorking a wild pitch in his 76 pitches, 47 of which were strikes."I was (working) too fast in Seattle in getting wild out there," Ross said. "I was just trying to slow my delivery down and get ahead of hitters and attack the zone."The A's (12-13) did not allow an earned run.Former A's starter Dan Haren was charged with one unearned run in seven innings of work, allowing three hits while striking out five and walking two.The Angels (14-11) had taken the first two games of the American League West series by a combined 13-3.The A's actually led, 1-0, while being no-hit by Haren.After Landon Powell led off the third inning with a walk, Kouzmanoff reached on a Howie Kendrick error, putting runners at first and second with none out.Perfect time for a sacrifice bunt, what with the No. 9 hitter coming up for a scuffling offense, right? Wrong.Pennington popped out to the catcher. David DeJesus then was hit by a Haren pitch to load the bases.Up stepped Daric Barton, mired in a slump. He got the run home, though, with a sacrifice fly out to left field.The A's were without Coco Crisp (left quad), Josh Willingham (back) and Kurt Suzuki (paternity leave). Suzuki, whose wife was scheduled to induce labor this morning in the Bay Area, can stay on the list for one to three days. So the A's recalled Josh Donaldson from triple-A Sacramento to be the team's back-up catcher to Landon Powell, until Suzuki returns.
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Crisp was shuffling around the presume clubhouse, his upper left leg rapped and said he was "good." Geren said Crisp was officially "day-to-day" and did not think a trip to the disabled list was likely."He's an exciting player," Geren said, "with his combination of home runs and steals. He's a total package player. He means a lot to the team."Willingham, meanwhile, took some batting practice swings for the first time since leaving Monday night's series opener with a stiff back."It was a lot better, but I still felt it," he said. "Hopefully, I'll play Friday."With Thursday's of day, it would give Willingham a full three day's off to rest and recuperate. Willingham was also clear to specify where the tightness is - middle-left of the back. He was hit by a pitch in the upper left back Sunday at Seattle."If I had to play today, I could," he said.Turns out they did not need him. Though his bat in a scuffling lineup would not have hurt.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.