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OAK@SF: Cowgill scores on wild pitch from second

SAN FRANCISCO -- The streak is dead, and the Oakland A's couldn't be happier.

"Hallelujah," A's manager Bob Melvin said Sunday, just minutes after the final out in the A's 6-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

The A's snapped their streak of 11 straight losses at AT&T and beat the Giants in San Francisco for the first time since June 15, 2008.

"I was tired of hearing about it. I was only here for two [seasons] of it, and I was already tired of hearing about it," Melvin said. "Good win for us today. I know we lost the series, but to get a game out of this thing and be rid of that is nice to do."

Catcher Kurt Suzuki and first basemen Daric Barton are the only players on the A's 25-man roster who were on the 2008 team that beat the Giants, 5-3, in the series finale four seasons ago.

"It's nice," Suzuki said. "People start talking about it. You guys talk about it all the time, so we think about it. At the same time, we just come in and try to play and try to win ballgames and not think about the streak. Now I'm glad it's over. Nobody can talk about it anymore."

A's right fielder Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer, his team-leading 11th blast, and right-hander Bartolo Colon snapped a three-game losing streak, earning his first win since April 18 against the Angels. Colon allowed six hits and two runs over five innings, striking out seven and walking two while improving to 4-4 for the season.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum, an A's nemesis, took the loss, allowing five hits and four runs over four innings. He came into the game with a 5-1 record and 1.38 ERA with three complete games in seven career starts against the A's.

One day after producing just one hit in a 4-0 loss to the Giants, the A's had nine hits and scored six times. After three innings the A's had just one hit, a Jemile Weeks triple, and trailed 2-0, but they rallied to score four runs off Lincecum in the fourth as they batted around.

"It was a grind," Melvin said. "We had to hear a lot of stuff here this weekend, and to go out there, and Lincecum is on it in the first inning and then they get the lead. You really have to fight that feeling of here we go again. So they played hard today. They had to play through a little adversity."

With one out in the fourth, Seth Smith and Josh Donaldson lined back-to-back singles, and Barton walked, loading the bases. Suzuki brought Smith home with an infield single, then Collin Cowgill stroked a two-run, broken-bat single to center, putting the A's ahead 3-2 and notching his first RBIs as an Athletic.

With two down, Cowgill scored from second on a Lincecum wild pitch, knocking the ball out of Lincecum's glove with a headfirst slide and collision at home plate. Trainers came out to examine Lincecum, but he pitched the rest of the inning before departing in the bottom of the frame for a pinch-hitter, having thrown 90 pitches.

Cowgill said he decided to go for home when he rounded third and saw Giants catcher Buster Posey struggle to locate the ball.

Posey's throw appeared to beat Cowgill, but as he hit the dirt and his helmet flew off, he made hard contact with Lincecum, knocking him backward and knocking the ball out of his glove.

"My hands were going for the plate," Cowgill said. "My momentum carried me into him. I don't know if I hit his glove or hit his chin. I have no idea what happened. It was just unfortunate there was some contact there, but we were just trying to score a run and he was trying to get me out."

Lincecum said he suffered a hyperextended thumb on his glove hand.

"Nothing bad," Lincecum said. "Just rattled a little bit on the collision there, but nothing bad."

In the fifth, Colon allowed one-out singles to Brandon Crawford and Melky Cabrera, then hit Posey with a pitch to load the bases. But he struck out left-handed hitters Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt, both of them looking. On both strikeout pitches, Colon threw fastballs that started off the inside corner but darted in over the plate.

"Acts a little bit like a boomerang at times," Melvin said. "That's his go-to pitch and everybody knows it's coming and it's still difficult to deal with because it's on the corner and a lot of times starts off the corner."

Melvin was thankful that Colon was still in the game in the fifth after having to run the bases in the fourth. Colon has been dealing with a chronically sore calf, and Melvin thought he might have re-injured himself while running to first after a bunt.

"We were a little on edge for a while, but he got us through five, which we needed," Melvin said.

After Colon exited, four A's relievers each threw a scoreless inning -- Jordan Noberto, Grant Balfour, Ryan Cook and Brian Fuentes. Cook has yet to give up a run this season in 18 appearances spanning 20 2/3 innings.

Reddick put the A's ahead 6-2 in the seventh, ripping a Shane Loux pitch over the center-field wall with two outs. That was more than enough offense for the A's to snap their AT&T losing streak.

"It's nice to win any kind of ballgame, but especially one here," Cowgill said. "We want to beat these guys, and they want to beat us. It's a rivalry. We always want to come out with a win. It's nice to go home with a little bit of momentum."

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