- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Derek Norris hit a tying, two-run, homer in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to beat the split-squad San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Friday.

Brandon Crawford and Hector Sanchez each drove in two runs and top pitching prospect Edwin Escobar threw two perfect innings with a strikeout for the Giants.

“I’m nowhere near where I want to be,” Crawford said. “I still have to get my timing back and feel things out a little bit.”

Jarrod Parker, in line to be the A’s starter on opening day, lasted only 1 1-3 innings. He allowed six runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter.

“It was good to get out there and get the different feeling,” Parker said. “Pitching to hitters and then coming in here, the speed is up a little bit. You want to keep the same tempo.”

Brandon Belt and Gary Brown each added two hits and drove in a run for the Giants.

Stephen Vogt and Jed Lowrie drove in runs for the A’s.

The Giants scored all their runs in the first two innings. Sanchez hit a double into right field to score two runners in the first, Crawford tripled into the right-center field gap to score two runners and Belt singled home Crawford.

Sam Fuld tripled and scored on Lowrie’s sacrifice fly in the fourth. Vogt singled home Daric Barton in the fifth.


Athletics: Like a lot of proven pitchers, Parker wasn’t fretting over a shaky line in spring training.

“I was making the same delivery when I wanted but I wasn’t executing,” he said. “I really wanted to get back used to the game feeling. It’s tough to simulate that with live batting practice. It’s a good time to find out where I’m at.”


A’s lefty Sean Doolittle also made his spring debut, recording a pair of strikeouts in a perfect inning.

“I’ve been a couple of days behind so it was good to get out there,” said Doolittle, who is working to add a slider and changeup to his repertoire. “All the work I’ve done in the side sessions I executed. They’ve come a long way and it’s good to see they actually work.”

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