The Giants looked like a baseball team tonight; something that could not be said earlier in this series, getting outscored 11-1 by Oakland. They turned the tide tonight in a 5-2 win, snapping the A’s six-game winning streak. Matt Cain continued to pitch excellently, allowing two runs in six strong innings against an Athletics team that averaged 5.0 runs per game coming into Wednesday’s game. He stuck out four, walked two, and gave up five hits. Joe Panik started the scoring with a single to left on a hit-and-run play in the second, scoring Blanco all the way from first, because of a good jump and an error by Yoenis Cespedes. The Giants continued to look good at the plate in the third, when Brandon Belt walked with one out, and Sandoval singled, moving Belt to third. Posey singled, driving in Belt, to make it 2-0. Michael Morse walked, loading the bases, but Gregor Blanco and Joe Panik could not drive them home. In the fourth, Stephen Vogt hit an absolute shot to right center for a solo homer. The momentum was starting to swing in the Athletics’ favor, but Hunter Pence answered with a laser that he deposited in the garden in center for a solo homer, putting the score at 3-1. In the sixth, Jed Lowrie came up clutch with a two-out hit to plate Cespedes, making it 3-2. That would be all Oakland would get. The Giants added two runs in the sixth on a Hunter Pence RBI single and a wild pitch from Eric O’Flaherty that scored Brandon Crawford. The Giants bullpen was perfect in three innings, not allowing a baserunner. More importantly, Sergio Romo looked great in an inning of work, striking out two. His slider was absolutely filthy and unhittable. It was good to see him succeeding with his signature pitch once again.
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