SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It had been so long since Esteban Loaiza
pitched a complete game, he had no idea if he'd ever last nine
Oakland sent two relievers out to warm up in the eighth inning
Sunday -- just in case he couldn't go the distance.
"It feels great," Loaiza said. "I still can't believe it. ...
It had been a long time. Two years is like 70 starts."
Bobby Crosby had two RBI and scored twice, Antonio Perez added
a two-run double and Jason Kendall finished with three hits. Payton
also scored two runs and matched his career high for hits,
including a ninth-inning triple.
Barry Bonds left the game after the second inning with
irritation in his left knee, a day after connecting for his 719th
home run. The seven-time NL MVP had surgery on his left knee after
the 2004 season, then underwent three operations on his right knee
Bonds is day to day. He stole second base Friday night and
injured the knee sliding -- his only steal this season.
"This is a minor injury," manager Felipe Alou said. "It's not
like the chronic right knee that needed all that care last year."
Making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list,
Loaiza (7-6) pitched a six-hitter for his 10th career complete game
and first since April 18, 2004, for the Chicago White Sox at Tampa
Bay. He struck out two, walked one and got plenty of run support as
the A's improved to 17-5 in June.
The teams split this year's edition of the Bay Bridge Series,
with each club winning three games. Oakland won the finale after
Ray Durham rallied the Giants on Saturday with a game-winning,
"It was big," Crosby said. "Yesterday's game was tough. It
shows the character of this team to bounce back."
Steve Finley hit his first home run at San Francisco's
waterfront ballpark to tie Sunday's game in the fourth, but the A's
answered and Loaiza retired his next 10 batters after Finley's
fifth homer of the year.
"It's called making an adjustment," A's manager Ken Macha
said. "He has the reputation that if you don't get him early, you
won't get him."
Finley sent an 0-2 pitch into the arcade seats in right field
for his first homer in 257 home at-bats since he joined the Giants
in the offseason.
Fans booed when Loaiza walked Bonds on four pitches leading off
the second. He scored on Finley's double to left-center two batters
later, but was clearly uncomfortable running the bases and hobbled
home with a grimace on his face.
Eliezer Alfonzo also doubled in a run to tie the score at 2,
then had another double in the seventh.
San Francisco's Matt Cain (6-6), who took a no-hitter into the
eighth inning in his previous start, had won five straight
decisions. He fell behind in the count against most batters as his
pitch count went up in a hurry. He'd already thrown 74 pitches
through three innings, but stayed in the game for another 1 1/3
innings before giving way to Brad Hennessey.
Cain, a rookie right-hander, threw a one-hitter against the A's
last month in Oakland, a 6-0 win May 21 -- the same day Bonds
connected for his 714th home run to tie Babe Ruth for second place
on the career list.
Cain gave up two hits and two runs in the first inning this time
but bounced back to strike out the side in order on 13 pitches in
the second. He walked six and struck out five.
"I was just missing," Cain said. "I got myself in trouble and
they capitalized. That's what six walks will do. I was frustrated
with myself for not being in the zone more."
The Giants honored Bonds, Jason Schmidt, Moises Alou and Finley
before the game for their milestones in the first half of the
season. Bonds moved past the Babe; Schmidt matched a 102-year-old
club record with 16 strikeouts against Florida on June 6; Alou hit
his 300th career home run; and Finley hit his 300th homer on June
14 to make him the sixth member of the 300-300 club for home runs
and stolen bases.
Every batter but Loaiza reached base for Oakland. ... A's
3B Eric Chavez was held out of the lineup with tendinitis in both
forearms. ... While Moises Alou declared himself ready to play
after missing the previous six games with lower back trouble, his
father, Felipe, opted to hold the RF out for another game to give
him two more days of rest. The Giants are off Monday. ... San
Francisco's Kevin Frandsen made his first career appearance at SS
in the ninth. Omar Vizquel left early after tweaking his lower back
diving for a single up the middle. He is expected to be ready