Giants 6, Athletics 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Jerome Williams will take his time deciding just what to write on the game ball from his first career win.
A dedication to his late mother, Deborah, is a good possibility.
“I might stay up all night, just thinking, thinking about my mother,” Williams said.
The rookie right-hander pitched 6 1-3 strong innings to earn his first victory and the San Francisco Giants snapped Oakland’s season-best seven-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory Saturday night.
Pedro Feliz had his first career two-homer game to help give Williams some early run support.
Williams (1-1) allowed only one hit through the first five innings and four total to win in his fifth big league start, outpitching Tim Hudson before a sellout crowd of 52,888.
“It was great,” Williams said. “I didn’t know there were 52,000. That’s the most people I’ve ever seen. Geez.”
The 21-year-old Williams, who lost his mother two years ago after a six-year battle with breast cancer, was coming off three straight no-decisions after losing his debut April 26 at Philadelphia. But he had pitched well enough to win in all of his outings since being recalled from Triple-A Fresno on June 3 to replace the injured Kurt Ainsworth.
Williams calmly worked through the A’s order, retiring 10 of the first 12 batters, including retiring the side order in the first and third innings. He also got a 1-2-3 fifth.
“He doesn’t get excited or nervous,” manager Felipe Alou said. “I was impressed.”
The Giants, who had lost five of seven, got the offense Alou has desperately been looking for despite starting only five regulars.
After Friday’s 5-3 loss, Alou said there could be a shakeup to the lineup if his starters didn’t start producing, but insisted before Saturday’s game that he hasn’t gotten to that point yet.
After the Dodgers beat Anaheim earlier Saturday, San Francisco fell into second place in the NL West for the first time all season—even if it was only for a few hours. The Giants are tied with Los Angeles.
Feliz went 3-for-5 and got a rare start in left field as Barry Bonds played designated hitter.
“The way I see it, I think I deserve to play,” said Feliz, who’s hitting .256 in 39 games.
Feliz hit the first pitch he saw in the first for a two-run homer to center against Hudson (5-3) as the Giants took a 2-0 lead, and then singled in the third. Feliz connected for his sixth homer of the year in the seventh, a solo shot over the barbecue pit in left field to make it 6-1.
“They were just awful pitches,” Hudson said. “They were so bad, they shouldn’t even count. I didn’t make any of the pitches I wanted, especially in the early innings.”
Williams left after Eric Chavez singled and Ramon Hernandez doubled with one out in the seventh. The Giants used four more pitchers in the inning, with Terrence Long hitting an RBI infield single off Scott Eyre and Byrnes hitting a two-run single against Felix Rodriguez to make it 6-4.
Jason Christiansen allowed a single to Scott Hatteberg to load the bases before Joe Nathan came on and got out of the jam by getting Miguel Tejada to foul out and Erubiel Durazo on a groundout. Oakland stranded nine runners.
“We had three saves tonight—Nathan, and Worrell twice,” Alou said.
The A’s are 8-3 during their 12-game homestand, which concludes Sunday with the third of six games in the Bay Bridge series. The Giants have not won a series in Oakland since sweeping a two-game set in 1998. The teams play next weekend in Pacific Bell Park.
Giants outfielder Carlos Valderrama, recalled from Triple-A Fresno before the game, reached on an infield single in the sixth for his first career hit.
The Giants scored three in a messy third inning in which the A’s committed two errors that led to one unearned run.
Hudson, coming off his first win in five starts last Sunday, had his nine-game regular-season winning streak in the Coliseum snapped.
Hudson allowed 11 hits and six runs in seven innings.
Williams was charged with three runs. … Giants’ 42-year-old 1B Andres Galarraga—who’s 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds—nearly did the splits to make an out in the third. … The crowd was the A’s largest of the season. … Hudson’s home winning streak dated to Aug. 3, 2002. … After the game, the Giants activated C Yorvit Torrealba from the bereavement list and optioned C TreyLunsford to Triple-A Fresno.
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