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A's sweep Giants on Powell's HR in 8th

Jun 20, 2011 - 12:23 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Landon Powell's solo homer in the eighth inning lifted the Oakland Athletics over the San Francisco Giants, 2-1, in the finale of a three-game interleague series at the Coliseum.

Coco Crisp also drove in a run for the A's, who won all three games in this set and have won five in a row overall.

Trevor Cahill (7-5) was spectacular through eight innings, allowing one run on five hits. He also struck out seven and walked one. Brian Fuentes retired the side in order in the ninth for his 12th save of the season.

"I would prefer not to have an off day," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "When you play games like this you just want to keep rolling out there every day."

Aaron Rowand knocked in the lone run for the Giants, who went 2-4 on a six- game road trip.

Matt Cain gave up one run on three hits over seven full frames. Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) gave up the homer to Powell to suffer the loss.

"He did a heck of a job," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Cain. "What a great game he threw."

Despite that, the Giants decided to bring Affeldt in for the eighth. It proved to be a very costly decision. After Adam Rosales grounded out, Powell smacked Affeldt's 2-1 offering over the wall in left-center field for a 2-1 lead.

Powell's first homer of the season proved to be the game-winner, as Fuentes shut down San Francisco in the ninth.

The Giants broke a scoreless tie in the second. Nate Schierholtz worked a two- out walk and came around to score on Rowand's double down the left-field line.

San Francisco had a chance to extend its lead in the third, putting men on the corners with two outs, but Aubrey Huff grounded out to keep it a 1-0 game.

The story of the game was great pitching, as both starters combined to retire 20 straight batters at one point. That streak came to an end with one out in the home sixth, when Jemile Weeks doubled to left-center field. Weeks moved to third on Cliff Pennington's groundout and crossed the plate on Crisp's base hit to right.

The Giants put a runner on second with one out in the seventh, but Cahill retired the next two batters to keep it a 1-1 contest.

"We're going to have to get this offense going," Bochy said. "It's been going like this for a while now."

Game Notes

San Francisco is still 13-7 in the last 20 meetings with the Athletics. The Giants swept a three-game series versus Oakland from May 20-22 this season at AT&T Park...Cain is 3-0 in his last four starts...Cahill improved to 3-0 in four career starts against the Giants...Oakland went 5-1 on a six-game homestand...The A's, who had zero errors on Sunday, had committed at least one error in a season-high nine consecutive games...The A's were without outfielder Josh Willingham (sore left Achilles)...Oakland is 6-11 in the month of June.