Misch allows 8 runs in first inning, Athletics rout Giants 10-2

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PHOENIX (AP)—Bobby Crosby, Donnie Murphy and Kurt Suzuki drove in two runs apiece during an eight-run first inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 10-2 in a split-squad game Saturday.

Pat Misch retired one of the nine batters he faced and was charged with all eight runs in his second start and fifth appearance.

“Chalk it up as the worst one ever,” said Misch, one of several Giants pitchers in the running for a starting role. “The first guy got the hit and I tried to hurry up with my body. It didn’t go as planned. I can’t think of it as the end of the world. There’s another game in five games.”

The A’s took third baseman Eric Chavez’s name off the travel roster for Japan, where Oakland begins the regular season with two games against Boston on March 25 and 26.

The six-time Gold Glove winner will remain in Phoenix to work out at the team’s minor league facility as he continues to recover from offseason back surgery.

“He’s just not ready to play,” manager Bob Geren said. “He’ll stay here and continue his focus on getting ready.”

Todd Linden had four hits and drove in two runs, and Ryan Sweeney added two hits and two RBIs as the A’s extended their winning streak to five. Mark Ellis also had two hits.

Sweeney impressed Geren by taking an extra base, a point of emphasis this spring.

“I’m feeling better at the plate and finding something that works,” Sweeney said. “Baserunning is being stressed here and we’re taking pride in it. I’m looking to take the extra base whenever I can.”

Said Geren: “This was one of the best baserunning games of the spring. Sweeney seeing that slight bobble and he’s off. That was outstanding.”

Eugenio Velez had two hits for the Giants and raised his batting average to .340.

Misch gave up five hits, walked three and struck out one.

“I’ll think about this a little bit,” he said. “I’ll consider what happened and how I can get better.”

A’s starter Henry Rodriguez yielded one run and two hits over two innings. He walked three and struck out one.

Andrew Brown followed with two scoreless innings and Kirk Saarloos gave up a run and four hits in three innings.

Notes

Giants LHP Jack Taschner pitched another scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 1.08. Opponents are hitting .115 (3-for-26) against him. … Chavez ran the bases for the first time before the game. … The A’s are 7-1-1 in the last nine exhibition games against the Giants.

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