The Oakland A’s salvaged the series finale against San Francisco on Sunday by scoring four times in the fourth inning to beat the Giants 6-2.
Collin Cowgill hit a two-run single, Josh Reddick homered and Bartolo Colon pitched five innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven for the win, as the Athletics ended an 11-game losing streak at AT&T Park dating back to June 2003.
Tim Lincecum (2-4) continues to struggle this season. He lasted only four innings, allowing five hits and four runs. He walked three and struck out five. Lincecum’s ERA increased from 5.77 to 6.04.
Reddick hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning for his first hit in this series, ending an 0-for-9 at the plate.
In his final inning, Colon gave up two hits and hit Buster Posey with a pitch to load the bases. Colon got Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt to strike out looking to end the inning on fastballs that appeared to be inside but had late breaking movement to come back across home plate.
Lincecum got derailed in the fourth inning as the A’s scored three times to take the lead. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki dribbled a slow grounder toward third and the infield single allowed Seth Smith to score.
Cowgill followed with a two-run single to center. After Colon bunted into a fielder’s choice putting runners on first and second, Lincecum uncorked a wild pitch and Posey didn’t know where the ball was.
Cowgill aggressively scored from second base and as he slid head first into home plate. Cowgill’s helmet came off and hit Lincecum on the chin. He was dazed while lying across home plate, and for a moment it appeared he was injured. Lincecum managed to complete the inning, but his day was finished.
Notes: The A’s longest losing streak in an opposing ballpark is 12 straight losses at Milwaukee’s County Stadium from 1992-1995. ... Athletics starting pitchers are 0-for-26 since Ben Sheets singled at St. Louis on June 19, 2010. ... Tim Lincecum has one quality start. He pitched eight innings, giving up three hits and a run, in his last victory on April 28 vs. the Padres. ... Melky Cabrera tied his career high with four hits. It’s the second time this season and the eighth time in his career Cabrera has a four hit game. ... Pagan has an 11-game hit streak. He had a 20-game hitting streak earlier.