SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Brian Dallimore drove in the winning run in
the bottom of the 10th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a
4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Dallimore lined a single to right field off Tim Harikkala to
score Angel Chavez from second base, lifting the Giants to their
second straight extra-inning win against their cross-bay rivals.
San Francisco beat the A's 6-5 in 10 innings on Thursday.Giants reliever Jeremy Fikac earned his first win of the spring
while Harikkala took his second loss.Oakland tied the game at 3-all in the eighth when pinch-hitter
Scott Hatteberg singled to right field to drive in Jermaine Clark,
who had led off the inning with a double.The Giants took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Lance Niekro hit
a two-run home run to left-center.Kirk Saarloos pitched five shutout innings to improve his
chances of winning Oakland's final rotation spot. He also drove in
the Athletics' first run."I thought I had my best outing in my last start," Saarloos
said. "I had too many balls up in the zone tonight but I was
getting outs. I wanted to pitch well in my final starts to give
them as much as possible to make that decision."Saarloos drove in Oakland's first run when he swung through a
bunt sign and lined a single to left field that scored Mark Ellis
from second base."I couldn't help myself," Saarloos said. "With the runners
breaking for second and third, I knew if I bunted, one of them
would be thrown out so I just swung and got the hit."Brett Tomko made his final start before the regular season,
throwing five innings and giving up just one run on three hits. He
struck out five.Tomko finished the spring with a 3-1 record and a 4.30 ERA. The
right-hander is scheduled to start the Giants' third game of the
season next Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A's manager Ken Macha held Keith Ginter out the game as a
precautionary move after the second baseman needed seven stitches
to close a good-sized gash on his right shin after he was spiked by
Jason Ellison on Thursday night. "I'm sitting this game out,"
Ginter said. "It was the first time I've ever been spiked. I
didn't think it was that bad until they looked at it. It was about
inch to an inch-and-a-half across and about a quarter-inch deep."
... Ellison went over to the A's locker room before the game Friday
to apologize to Ginter for the incident. "It was the first time I
ever spiked anyone," Ellison said. "I just wanted him to know I
felt badly about what happened." ... Oakland shortstop Bobby
Crosby acknowledged that he was pretty scared after getting hit on
the left hand in the final exhibition game in Arizona on Wednesday.
"It flipped me out," Crosby said. "The MRI that I took last
night showed that I had a pretty good bruise to the area but no
break. They're holding me out from tonight's game and probably
tomorrow's game, but on Monday I'll be in there." Oakland opens
the regular season at Baltimore on Monday.