Barry Zito outdid his old Oakland team, Brandon Belt drove in three runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Oakland Athletics in the Bay Bridge Series opener 8-6 on Friday night
Hector Sanchez had two RBIs to back Zito (3-1), who won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award across the bay in Oakland but left for a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Giants before the 2007 season.
Josh Donaldson homered, doubled in a run and hit a three-run double off Steve Edlefsen for the A's, giving Donaldson career-bests of three hits and five RBIs. But Oakland couldn't overcome a shaky night by starter Jarrod Parker (1-2) and lost their 10th straight in San Francisco's waterfront ballpark dating to 2009.
Zito matched his season high with five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings and also drew a bases-loaded walk in the Giants' four-run third inning. The A's walked five that inning as San Francisco batted around on the way to scoring its most runs at home since getting eight last Sept. 12 against the Padres. ...