TEMPE, Ariz. — Barry Zito enjoyed the challenge of facing Josh Hamilton with runners on.
Zito pitched five effective innings and Buster Posey hit a go-ahead single in the ninth to lift the San Francisco Giants over the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Sunday.
In a moment that had a regular-season feel to it, Hamilton stepped in against Zito with two on and two outs in the fifth. With fans of both teams cheering, the left-hander threw a slider and two curveballs to get a swinging strikeout.
Hamilton had doubled off Zito earlier in the game.
"Josh is a great hitter, we all know that," Zito said. "I wanted to get back and get him out. I really wanted him to pick up the ball late and the break late."
The Giants tied it in the eighth against Scott Downs, with two runs scoring on Brandon Crawford's double and another on Guillermo Quiroz's double.
ATHLETICS 7, DODGERS 4, at Phoenix Oakland starter A.J. Griffin gave up four runs and five hits in 4º innings and struck out eight. Jed Lowrie and Derek Norris homered off the Dodgers' Josh Beckett, who gave up seven runs, six hits and three walks over four innings.
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