Giants and A's tie in final spring contest

Giants starter, Brian Cooper, pitched six innings, giving up only one hit, a home run in the sixth. Wayne Franklin took the reins and pitched one inning, giving up four runs.

Neither team scored until the fifth, when the Giants scored three times. Yorvit Torrealba smashed a solo hot potato, and Brian Dallimore added a two-run single.

In the sixth, Damian Miller hit a solo should to end Brian Cooper's no-hit game. Cooper pitched six strong innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, and striking out six.

Recently acquired Wayne Franklin did not perform well, giving up four runs in the seventh to put Oakland on top 4-3. Bobby Kielty started the A's rally with a solo shot, and Marco Scutaro collected two RBIs on a single. Scott Hatteberg capped the rally with an RBI single.

With the A's on top by one going into the ninth, the Giants were able to score a final time to tie the game for good at 5 when Cody Ransom led off the inning with a triple. With two outs, Francisco Santos was able to bring Ransom home on a base hit.

Because the Giants play their first regular-season game at Houston tomorrow, the team wanted to get to Houston as soon as possible to get ready for their season opener, which is why the game did not go into extra innings.

Notes: David Aardsma made it on the roster, as did Tony Torcato and Cody Ransom. It was the first time for all three of these players to make the Opening Day roster, and especially special for the 28-year old Ransom, who's never made the Opening Day roster. Aardsma was also a surprise, as not even 10 months ago, he was pitching in the College World Series for Rice.



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