- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In deference to Randy Johnson’s .127 lifetime batting average, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy agreed to allow the designated hitter Friday night. Johnson gave the Giants five solid innings _ one more than scheduled _ in his first appearance against a major league team in 11 days.

“We know he’s going to have to hit during the regular season but we just wanted his focus on pitching for now,” Bochy said. “This is the first time in a long time he’s been this far along in spring. We look forward to seeing him pitch here. It will be great to see him out there.”

Jack Hannahan scored on a wild pitch by Luis Perdomo with two outs in the top of the 10th to score the go-ahead run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Giants 2-1.

Johnson, five wins shy of 300, gave up a run and four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He was originally scheduled to throw four innings but his pitch count allowed an extra inning. He lowered his spring ERA to 2.20.

“I thought things got a little better as the game progressed,” Johnson said. “I threw a few more pitches than I would have liked in five innings.”

Johnson said being in San Francisco helped him.

“I got up to 93 mph, so I guess the adrenaline helped,” Johnson said. “I’m already liking this ballpark. I did see the benefits of pitching here in a night game. It’s a little more pitcher friendly.”

A’s starter Dana Eveland was also impressive after struggling in his previous four outings. The left-hander went six innings, allowing a run and three hits. He walked four and struck out five.

“It was nice to get out of Arizona and back here where the ball does what it’s supposed to do,” Eveland said. “It was nice to see the ball move again and get a lot of groundballs. To have three pitches working for me was nice.”

Eveland allowed 14 runs and 23 hits in his past four starts, a span of 17 1-3 innings, after opening the spring with four hitless innings.

“The big key tonight was getting Dana his work in,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “He could have thrown up to 100 pitches.”

Eveland grew up watching Johnson pitch for the Mariners, but because of the DH was not given the chance to hit against his boyhood idol.

“They weren’t going to let me swing anyway but I would have loved to stand in there and see what it looks like,” Eveland said. “I know he doesn’t have the same stuff but he’s still a great pitcher and he’s had a great spring.”

Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He’s hitting .455 since joining the A’s in early March. Travis Buck had two hits and drove in a run.

Fred Lewis drove in a run for the Giants.

Brian Wilson pitched in a game for the first time in 10 days and threw a scoreless ninth inning.

Notes: @The A’s don’t expect any news from RHP Justin Duchscherer for a few weeks following his elbow surgery. He did report that he was already bored. “He wants to play,” Geren said. “When players can’t be out there, they miss it.” … Giants’ LHP Jonathan Sanchez completed a bullpen session and will throw Sunday. … Giants RHP Joe Martinez has allowed two runs in his past 19 innings for an 0.95 ERA. … A’s closer Brad Ziegler allowed his first baserunner, walking Edgar Renteria with two outs, after retiring his first 14 hitters.

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