Giants come back, down A's 4-2

The San Francisco Giants used a three-run seventh inning to rally for a 4-2 win over the Oakland A’s in their return to AT&T Park Monday.

Player of the Game: Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with the Giants’ first and last runs scored of the game. He hit a solo home run that barely cleared the left-field wall to get the Giants on the board in the sixth inning, then capped a three-run rally in the seventh inning with an RBI single. Cabrera, acquired in an offseason trade with the Kansas City Royals for Jonathan Sanchez, is now batting .359 this spring and is tied for the team lead with four home runs.

Play of the Game: Cabrera’s lone hitless at-bat should’ve been a single to right field, but A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks thought differently, ranging to his left and diving to stop the ball just past the infield dirt and throwing out Cabrera by a half-step to end the bottom of the third inning.

Turning Point: Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Giants mounted a three-run rally. After Ryan Theriot walked and Nate Schierholtz was hit by a pitch, Emmanuel Burris placed a perfect bunt down the third base line. A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson charged it, bare-handed the ball but his throw to Weeks covering first base was wide and dribbled off his glove into right field to score Theriot and tie the game. Angel Pagan’s fielder’s choice scored Schierholtz and after a Pagan steal, Cabrera singled to give the Giants a 4-2 lead that they would not relinquish.

Notable: Brandon Belt has reached base safely via hit or walk in each of the Giants’ last eight games. During that span, Belt is batting .500 (13-for-26 with 3 walks) after going 2-for-3 Monday against the A’s.

Head scratcher: In the bottom of the fourth inning, Aubrey Huff drilled a ball off the right field wall. Huff made an aggressive turn around first and A’s right fielder Josh Reddick appeared to have Huff caught in no-man’s land. But Huff stayed still, Reddick threw behind him to first and Huff advanced to second safely. Moments later, Belt singled to right field, where Reddick came up firing to throw out a beleaguered Aubrey Huff at home plate.

Up next: The Giants and A’s are back at it again Tuesday, this time in Oakland. Tyson Ross is scheduled to start for the home team, while the new $100 million man, Matt Cain, will take the bump for San Francisco.

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