Giants 5, Athletics 4(11)

Emmanuel Burriss was walking into the batter’s box when he

locked eyes with Darren Ford standing on second, a small sign only

the two close friends could communicate without muttering a

word.

”It was more so if I get a hit, you better score,” Burriss

said. ”It wasn’t so much I’m guaranteeing a hit.”

Burriss singled home Ford for the winning run in the bottom of

the 11th inning, and the San Francisco Giants completed a

three-game sweep of the cross-bay rival Oakland Athletics with a

5-4 victory Sunday.

Burriss’ line drive off reliever Brian Fuentes (1-6) was hit

hard enough to make it a close play at the plate. The speedy Ford

slid in just ahead of right fielder Ryan Sweeney’s throw, sending

the Giants running out of the dugout to celebrate their fifth

straight victory and seventh walk-off win this season.

”I don’t know who else scores in the game except Darren,”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”Anybody else and it’s not even

close.”

San Francisco put the exclamation point on the latest edition of

the Bay Bridge Series.

Pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz hit a tying, two-run homer in the

eighth off Grant Balfour over the right-field wall and just short

of splashing in McCovey Cove. The rally spoiled another stellar

outing by A’s starter Gio Gonzalez and sent Oakland tumbling to its

fifth straight loss and ninth overall at AT&T Park.

Sergio Romo (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings to help the

Giants win their 10th straight home game. San Francisco is 11-0 in

one-run games at its cozy waterfront ballpark this season.

”I feel like we’re saying this every night,” Bochy said about

the close wins. ”But to win this many consecutive games at home is

pretty amazing.”

The Giants stifled their neighbors across the bay with solid

pitching in the first two games, with ace Tim Lincecum throwing a

three-hitter Saturday after Ryan Vogelsong allowed only one

unearned run Friday. When Oakland finally found a way to score in

the finale, it simply wasn’t enough.

It was that kind of weekend for the visitors.

Ford started things for the Giants in the 11th with a one-out,

pinch-hit single to right. He stole second on the first pitch,

dancing around second even while Oakland intentionally walked

Buster Posey.

”That’s what I want to do. I want to make them nervous and

uncomfortable,” Ford said.

Burriss singled to right and Ford went zipping around third,

sliding in just under the tag by catcher Kurt Suzuki, who dropped

the ball anyway.

”I didn’t think it was going to be that close,” Ford said.

The win was even sweeter for Ford and Burriss, who have spent

considerable time together at Triple-A Fresno, train together in

the offseason and consider each other family.

”That’s what we do a lot in Fresno,” Burriss said of the

late-game baserunning. ”It was great to do it on the big

stage.”

The Giants followed the usual script from the start.

Freddy Sanchez doubled in the first down the left-field line,

and Andres Torres hustled from first to beat the relay throw at the

plate to give San Francisco a 1-0 lead.

The Giants had a bit of a scare when Posey took a foul tip from

Gonzalez off his mask in the second, bringing Bochy and a team

trainer out of the dugout to check on the catcher. Posey said the

right side of his jaw was sore, but he stayed behind the plate.

Posey extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out

single in the third. He scored two batters later when Cody Ross

grounded to third baseman Andy LaRoche, whose high throw pulled

Daric Barton off first base and put San Francisco ahead 2-0.

Josh Willingham sparked Oakland with a solo shot to left off

Jonathan Sanchez in the sixth, his seventh home run of the season.

Sanchez left after six innings, allowing five hits and striking out

five.

The A’s seemed prime to be the ones to finally be on the winning

end of a rally.

Coco Crisp had an RBI double and Barton followed with a

run-scoring single against Jeremy Affeldt in the seventh, giving

Oakland a 3-2 lead. Pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui drove in Mark Ellis

with a sacrifice fly off Ramon Ramirez in the eighth to make it

4-2.

That appeared to be enough behind Oakland’s strong pitching

staff. Gonzalez left after 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight and

allowing two runs on eight hits.

Of course, nothing came easy for the A’s in San Francisco.

”It’s a game of little breaks and taking advantage of things,”

manager Bob Geren said. ”They got a game-changing hit and that was

the difference.”

NOTES: LHP Josh Outman will be called up from Triple-A

Sacramento to start for Oakland on Monday at the Los Angeles

Angels, Geren said. Oakland still has to decide who will start

Tuesday with regulars Brandon McCarthy (stress reaction in right

shoulder) and Tyson Ross (strained left side) on the disabled list.

… Oakland’s two-time All-Star closer, Andrew Bailey (strained

right forearm), is slated to make his second rehab appearance with

Sacramento on Monday. … Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays was in

the clubhouse before the game.