Giants sweep Bay Bridge series on Burriss' hit in 11thMay 23, 2011 - 3:32 AM
Sergio Romo (2-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief to give the Giants their fifth straight victory. Starter Jonathan Sanchez threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six.
"It seems like we're seeing this sort of thing every night," said San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. "It's part of the game and there's been some great ones here."
Brian Fuentes (1-6) was tagged with the loss when he allowed the deciding run. Gio Gonzalez started the game and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on eight hits and two walks while fanning eight in the Athletics' fifth consecutive defeat.
"Any time that you lose a close game it's tought," said Oakland manager Bob Geren. "But, we're professionals and we have to shake this one off and start over tomorrow."
Fuentes started the 11th inning for the A's and allowed a one-out single to pinch-hitter Darren Ford, who then stole second. Buster Posey was intentionally walked to put a double-play in order, but Burriss followed with a single to right field.
Ryan Sweeney collected the ball and made a perfect throw to the plate, but Kurt Suzuki couldn't hang on to the ball as Ford slid home for the deciding run.
The Giants' first batter of the game, Andres Torres, was hit by a pitch and then came around to score on a Sanchez double to give San Francisco an early lead.
San Francisco added a second run in the third on a throwing error by Andy LaRoche that allowed Posey to cross the plate. Posey hit a two-out single and moved to third on Pat Burrell's double before Cody Ross grounded a ball to LaRoche at third.
The throw went wide to the right of first base, pulling Daric Barton off the bag. Barton swiped a tag on Ross, but Ross was called safe. Replays showed Barton did place the tag on Ross' chest before his foot reached the bag.
Josh Willingham hit a solo home run in the sixth to put the A's on the board.
Oakland then took the lead against reliever Jeremy Affeldt in the seventh. Cliff Pennington led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gonzalez. Coco Crisp followed with a double to plate Pennington and Barton then grounded a single through the left side of the infield to bring Crisp home and give the A's a 3-2 advantage.
Oakland increased its lead to two runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui that brought home Ellis.
But the lead didn't hold for long, as the Giants tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Schierholtz off Grant Balfour.
Posey extended his season-high hit streak to 11 games...San Francisco starting pitchers have allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in each of the last 15 games...San Francisco is 14-3 in one-run games this season...The Athletics hold a slim 42-41 advantage in the all-time series with San Francisco, but are only 15-21 at AT&T Park.
- OAKLAND: 4
SAN FRANCISCO: 5
May 22 8:02 PM
- Emmanuel Burriss single to right scored Darren Ford with one out to end the game.
Athletics 4, Giants 5 Bot 11, 1 OutMay 22 8:01 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Nate Schierholtz one-out, two-run Home Run (4) to right scored Miguel Tejada. Andres Torres due up.
Athletics 4, Giants 4 Bot 8, 1 OutMay 22 6:58 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Hideki Matsui sacrifice fly to left scored Mark Ellis with two out. Runner on first and Coco Crisp due up.
Athletics 4, Giants 2 Top 8, 2 OutsMay 22 6:44 PM
- Daric Barton single to left scored Coco Crisp with one out. Runner on first and Conor Jackson due up.
Athletics 3, Giants 2 Top 7, 1 OutMay 22 6:08 PM
- Coco Crisp double to left scored Cliff Pennington with one out. Runner on second and Daric Barton due up.
Athletics 2, Giants 2 Top 7, 1 OutMay 22 6:08 PM
- Josh Willingham one-out, solo Home Run (7) to left. Kurt Suzuki due up.
Athletics 1, Giants 2 Top 6, 1 OutMay 22 5:47 PM
- Cody Ross reached first on Andy LaRoche's throwing error scored Buster Posey with two out. On the play, Pat Burrell advances to third. Runners on first and third and Aubrey Huff due up.
Athletics 0, Giants 2 Bot 3, 2 OutsMay 22 5:00 PM
- Freddy Sanchez double to left scored Andres Torres with none out. Runner on second and Buster Posey due up.
Athletics 0, Giants 1 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 22 4:17 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 22 4:05 PM
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