Oakland (16-24) at San Francisco (19-21)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Fri May 20, 2005
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The Oakland Athletics hope to build on their best offensive game of the season when they open their annual Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Oakland has struggled to produce at the plate this season, but broke out with a 13-6 victory on Thursday to take two of three from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Eric Chavez hit his second homer in as many games as Oakland won its first series in five tries since taking two of three from Seattle from April 29-May 1.

Eric Byrnes had four hits and scored three runs, and Jason Kendall, Scott Hatteberg and Mark Ellis each had three of Oakland’s 19 hits. Mark Kotsay had a two-run double and Chavez drove in four runs as Oakland established season highs for hits and runs.

The A’s hadn’t posted such a lopsided win since beating Tampa Bay by five runs on April 10.

“It’s been a while since we’ve done that,” Chavez said. “We’ve had a lack of production at the plate, and now we’re starting to swing the bats better.”

The Giants open a nine-game homestand after suffering their fourth loss in five games, 3-1 to Colorado on Thursday. Deivi Cruz had three hits and Lance Niekro homered for the Giants, who finished with 10 hits, but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Moises Alou and J.T. Snow are still recovering from an intestinal illness while manager Felipe Alou hopes to have staff ace Jason Schmidt (shoulder) back by Tuesday.

“It’s a good opportunity to win games and get out of the below-.500 thing we’ve (been) involved with all year,” Alou said of the homestand. “What I want is for us to be completely healthy—the guys we have.”

San Francisco still has no timetable for the return of slugger Barry Bonds. The seven-time NL MVP, recovering from three knee surgeries, had an IV removed Wednesday but will need to keep taking oral antibiotics to fight an infection in his troublesome right knee.

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