OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Octavio Dotel stumbled in his Oakland
debut, then pulled out a victory in what nearly became a most
depressing day for the Athletics pitching staff.
Dotel blew a save, starter Rich Harden left early with a
shoulder injury, and opening day pitcher Tim Hudson was placed on
the disabled list with a strained stomach muscle. Even reliever
Justin Ducscherer took a tumble on the mound, numbing up his leg.
Marco Scutaro allowed everyone in the franchise to go home
happy, singling in Bobby Kielty for the winning run in the 10th
inning as the A's snapped San Francisco's seven-game win streak
with an 8-7 victory Saturday night.
Dotel (1-0) blew Oakland's 15th save this year, but pitched 2
2-3 innings for the win.
"It's good that we won. That's the whole key. I didn't save the
game, but we won," said Dotel, who woke up at 6:30 a.m. Houston
time to travel to the Bay Area but refused to make any excuses.
"Tomorrow's another day."
Scutaro, who hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh, connected
on a slider from Jim Brower (5-4) with two outs. Scutaro played
against Dotel in both Double-A and Triple-A, so he was happy to
help him get his first win with Oakland.
Dotel, acquired from Houston in a three-team trade Thursday,
entered with one out in the eighth after Jim Mecir allowed two
walks and a hit to load the bases. Dotel got Michael Tucker to pop
out on the first pitch, then struck out Marquis Grissom.
Dotel walked Barry Bonds leading off the ninth, then allowed a
single to Pedro Feliz, and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a
three-run homer to pull the Giants within 7-6 -- a shot Dotel
considered a "welcome to Oakland." Tucker tied it at 7 with a
"He was throwing the ball pretty good in the eighth," Scutaro
said. "I'm sure he's going to come back tomorrow and get the job
The game attracted a sellout crowd of 55,989, the largest in the
majors this season and the most fans ever to attend a baseball game
in the Coliseum -- surpassing the 55,861 for the third game of the
AL division series Oct. 13, 2001, against the New York Yankees.
Scutaro hit a tiebreaking double to the gap in left-center with
one out in the seventh off Giants starter Kirk Rueter, scoring
pinch-runner Ramon Castro. Eric Karros doubled to lead off the
inning. After Scutaro's hit, Oakland scored two more to go up 6-3 --
on pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay's single and a double by Bobby Crosby.
Harden left in the third after partially dislocating his
non-throwing shoulder when he stumbled over the bag trying to cover
first base on Ray Durham's chopper.
Harden sustained the same injury during spring training -- from
reaching for his alarm clock, he said -- and missed more than a
week. He was scheduled for an X-ray Sunday morning and it was
unknown whether he would make his next start.
Duchscherer entered in his place. Hatteberg got an error on the
play for his wild throw.
Dye hit a 3-2 pitch from Rueter over the wall in right-center
with two outs in the first for his 15th homer this year and sixth
The Giants tied the game at 2 on Grissom's two-run double in the
third. Then Hatteberg made up for his error with a run-scoring
single in the bottom of the third for a 3-2 A's lead.
Duchscherer ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing singles to
Deivi Cruz and Dustan Mohr before giving way to Justin Lehr, who
was set to earn his first major league win until Dotel blew it.
Lehr gave up back-to-back walks to Durham and Tucker, who drew a
full-count walk to score Cruz for the tying run. Grissom hit into a
fielder's choice for the last out.
Rueter allowed five runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck
out two and walked one. The Giants had won 11 of 12.
"It was going to end," Giants manager Felipe Alou said of the
win streak. "We know we're not going to win, win, win."
Barry Bonds went 1-for-4 with a single and two walks -- one
intentional -- and hasn't homered in 12 games, a span of 32 at-bats.
Giants first baseman J.T. Snow returned to the lineup for the
first time since May 21 and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, a
walk and was also hit by a pitch. He had been sidelined following
arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Dye is batting .400 (4-for-10) with two homers lifetime
against Rueter, who lost in the Coliseum for the first time in five
starts. ... LHP Mark Redman will start Sunday for the A's in place
of Tim Hudson, placed on the DL with a strained left side muscle.
Redman will pitch on three days' rest for the third time in his
career. ... Mohr had three hits and a sacrifice bunt a day after
bruising his right shoulder crashing into the wall in left to catch
a fly by Dye in the ninth inning.