Zito, timely hits guide Giants past A's

Zito, timely hits guide Giants past A's

Zito, timely hits guide Giants past A's
OAKLAND -- Thanks to a couple of timely hits and a strong pitching performance, the Giants claimed their second straight exhibition win over the A's on Tuesday in the form of a 4-1 victory.

Pablo Sandoval put San Francisco on the board in the second with a double off A's starter Gio Gonzalez that plated Pat Burrell, who led off the frame with a single.

The A's tied the game in the sixth on an RBI base hit off the bat of Landon Powell, but the Giants regained the lead in the seventh. Mark DeRosa garnered a walk with one out from Gonzalez, who was subsequently replaced by Craig Breslow. The A's reliever allowed a Brandon Belt single, and Sandoval followed with a ground-ball forceout that resulted in a run thanks to a throwing error by second baseman Eric Sogard.

Breslow proceeded to walk Andres Torres and surrender an RBI single to Mike Fontenot that extended San Francisco's lead to two.

Nate Schierholtz' eighth-inning homer off Oakland righty Michael Wuertz made it 4-1.

Giants starter Barry Zito went 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Relievers Ramon Ramirez and Dan Runzler combined to limit the A's to two hits the rest of the way.

Up next: San Francisco will send young lefty Madison Bumgarner to the mound for the team's final spring exhibition on Wednesday, a 12:45 p.m. PT start against the A's at AT&T Park. The Giants are expected to set their roster following the contest and, in doing so, make a decision on top prospect Belt's fate.

Southpaw Dallas Braden will get the starting nod for Oakland. After the game, manager Bob Geren is set to announce several roster decisions, including the final bullpen spot, as well as the backup infielder and backup catcher.

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