Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Oakland leads 1-0 (as of 6/20)

Game 1: Friday, June 20
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Game 2: Saturday, June 21
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Game 3: Sunday, June 22
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Giants 3

(43-29, 22-16 away)

Athletics 5

(42-29, 27-10 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 20, 2003

    O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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    W: A. Harang (1-1)

    L: D. Moss (7-5)

    S: K. Foulke (18)

    Tejada heating up, blasts two-run homer

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- When Aaron Harang's wife ordered him to return to his routine, that meant stopping for his usual humongous hot chocolate on the way to the ballpark.

    "I hadn't been doing it the last three games," he said.

    Whatever works.

    Harang pitched 5 2/3 solid innings for his first victory of the season and the Oakland Athletics opened the Bay Bridge Series with their season-best seventh straight victory, 5-3 over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

    Harang showed the A's enough to earn himself another shot in his ongoing audition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

    "Oh, yeah," manager Ken Macha said when asked if Harang would get another chance. "I think he pitched well enough to earn a start."

    Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer as Oakland improved to 8-2 on its 12-game homestand and sent the defending NL champions to their fifth loss in seven games before a sellout crowd of 47,074 at the Coliseum.

    Barry Bonds hit his 633rd career home run and 20th of the season for the Giants. He went 1-for-4 in the 2,500th game of his career.

    Tejada connected off Damian Moss (7-5) in the fifth for his 13th homer of the year, a night after the reigning AL MVP had a career-high five hits, including a homer. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

    Bonds homered in the eighth off Chad Bradford. Keith Foulke worked the ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.

    Harang (1-1), battling John Halama to be the fifth starter, was told Tuesday he would get the start.

    The 25-year-old Harang retired the side in the first and allowed back-to-back, one-out singles in the second before the A's turned a double play. Overall, he allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out five and walking one.

    "Once I get everything in sync, it's pretty easy for me to keep everything going and find a rhythm," Harang said. "I got into a rhythm tonight."

    Jermaine Dye, who entered the game batting .121 in interleague play, hit a two-run single in the first and then crashed into the right-field wall in the third to make an athletic catch on a hard-hit ball by Francisco Santos.

    "There were two pitches that made a difference," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Tejada got a changeup and Dye got another one. Other than that, (Moss) pitched good enough to keep us in the game. We haven't been scoring enough runs."

    Moss was tagged for four runs and seven hits in six innings in his first career appearance against the A's. Moss has only two wins since starting the season 5-0.

    "I don't think I pitched poorly, but they're getting some of the breaks on offense that we're not getting," Moss said. "That's the only difference. I still take responsibility for those mistakes."

    Santos, recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, hit a two-out double in the fifth for his first major league hit in his first major league start. He then scored on Ray Durham's double.

    Andres Galarraga added an RBI double in the Giants' sixth. Benito Santiago missed the plate and catcher Adam Melhuse missed the tag, but Santiago reached back with his hand to touch the plate.

    Harang was surrounded by things familiar for this important outing -- Melhuse, the backup catcher who caught the pitcher in the minors, got a rare start, and Harang's younger brother, Daryl, a lefty pitcher for San Diego State, watched from the stands. His parents also made the trip from San Diego. In what could have been Harang's last hurrah, he was impressive. The 6-foot-7, 240-pounder focused this week on slowing down and not being overly aggressive.

    He lost June 8 at Philadelphia and didn't get a decision last Saturday against Montreal. The right-hander had allowed eight runs and 12 hits in a combined 6 2-3 innings in his first two outings since being recalled May 24 from Triple-A Sacramento.

    "His command was a lot better and he got some outs with his off-speed stuff," Macha said. "He had good pop on his fastball and jammed them."

    Game notes


    The Giants have not had a series win in Oakland since sweeping a two-game set June 22-23, 1998. ... Galarraga recorded his 1,400th career RBI. ... Harang threw 93 pitches, 60 strikes. ... Santos started in place of injured 1B J.T. Snow, who has a strained left groin, and to give Galarraga a break from playing in the field. Galarraga was DH. ... Durham moved back into the leadoff spot after Marquis Grissom had filled the hole for more than a month while Durham recovered from an ankle injury. ... The A's bettered their six-game winning streak from April 24-30. ... A's starters are 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA over the last eight games.

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