won't remember this game for his go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning for the surging
San Francisco Giants
. His best moment Saturday night was a bit more timeless.
The infielder stood among several of the Giants' greats before the first pitch when he escorted his aunt onto the field for
a reunion of San Francisco's 1989 World Series team - which included
, his late, beloved uncle.
''I felt like I would cry,'' said Uribe, whose uncle died in a car accident in December 2006. ''I'm just glad we could win.''
limited Oakland to four hits over seven strong innings to earn his 301st victory, and Uribe drove in the first run of San
Francisco's decisive rally in a 5-2 win over the Athletics.
With two straight wins in the season's first Bay Bridge Series, the Giants have moved five games above .500 for the first
time since 2004. They hadn't won a series against Oakland at home since 2005, but with solid pitching and a whole lot more
potent offense than the punchless A's, San Francisco is in position for its first three-game sweep of Oakland since 2001.
In his first home start since getting his 300th win, Johnson (6-5) narrowly outpitched A's rookie left-hander
, who retired 14 straight batters before
's leadoff double in the seventh.
Molina also hit an early two-run homer for the Giants, while
drove in runs against Oakland's relievers during the decisive rally in the seventh.
pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.
Johnson won his 300th game in Washington on June 4, but each of the 45-year-old Big Unit's other five victories this season
were picked up in his native Bay Area. He managed just three strikeouts, boosting his career total to 4,853, but repeatedly
escaped trouble while persevering into the seventh.
''I'm at a different point in my career now when 91 pitches in seven innings is pretty good,'' said Johnson, who lamented
his subpar slider. ''I don't care much about strikeouts at this point. I care about being around late in the game. ... I thought
I let one slip away, being spotted two runs and with their guy pitching well. But you battle, and you go out there every inning
to give your offense a chance to score.''
homered for the A's, who had won seven straight at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark until this series. Oakland is 1-4 since
its seven-game winning streak ended Tuesday.
Outman (4-1), who left with two runners on base in the seventh after his teammates made a fielding blunder, allowed five hits
and four runs. His teammates regretted another terrible offensive performance, but Outman wished they would have helped him
out a bit defensively in the seventh.
''I'm going to lose games eventually, but that was absolutely the worst way to lose a game,'' Outman said. ''I didn't get
to give up my own runs, and I gave up an extra run on a ball that should have been caught. It's just frustrating. Those things
are going to happen. It just seemed like the wind was holding everything up.''
Indeed, Outman was cruising until Molina cracked a double down the left field line leading off the seventh. Pinch-runner
then moved to third when right fielder
and first baseman
nearly collided while chasing
's popup, with Crosby appearing to get in his teammate's right-of-way.
''I didn't expect him to be there,'' said Cust, who acknowledged he didn't call for the ball. ''(Crosby) was coming straight
out, and I was coming straight in. I didn't know if I could get to it, so by the time I got to it, I felt him coming.''
Uribe then hit reliever
's first pitch into right, scoring Lewis.
NOTES: The A's scratched 1B
about 90 minutes before the first pitch with tightness in his right calf, but he made Oakland's final out as a pinch-hitter.
... Suzuki returned after missing Friday's game with a sore left knee. ... Torres played left field again for the Giants to
give Lewis another day off. Lewis is in a 1 for 19 slump. ... Oakland, which swept San Francisco in that earthquake-interrupted
World Series in 1989, will hold a similar reunion next weekend.