SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One bad inning by Tim Hudson proved to be too much for the struggling San Francisco Giants to overcome against Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics.
Hudson allowed four straight extra-base hits for the first time in his career to open the four-run sixth and the Giants lost for the third time in four games of the Bay Bridge series, falling 6-1 to the Athletics on Thursday.
"That sixth inning got away from me a little bit, a couple bad pitches that they took advantage of," Hudson said. "They hit a couple decent pitches, I thought. It was a little bit of a weird inning. It kind of unraveled on us a little bit."
That's the way it has been going of late for the Giants, who have lost 15 of their past 19 home games and haven't won consecutive games here in more than a month.
"We came across a pretty good team today that's playing some good baseball and has been playing good baseball all year," Hudson said. "Hopefully we can right the ship a little bit, play a little better baseball ourselves. How we've been playing the last month, that's not the kind of team we are."
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer off Hudson (7-6) and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs for the A's (58-34), who won have won seven of eight overall and have matched the best start in Oakland history.
Kazmir (11-3) struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to win his final start before heading to the All-Star game next week. Kazmir has allowed one run or fewer in 11 of 19 starts this season for a 2.38 ERA. He is just two wins shy of matching his career best set in 2007 in Tampa Bay.
"The way he moves feet and moves eyes and dots up the corners and gets people to chase pitches is really remarkable," Vogt said. "He's doing such a great job."
The game ended on a replay review when A's manager Bob Melvin challenged a call that Vogt pulled his foot off first base on an infield hit by Gregor Blanco. The replay showed Vogt kept his foot on the bag, leading to the final out.