Hudson, Zito matchup hardly lives up to hype in Giants win

Sep 26, 2015 9:36 PM by Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Rookie Jarrett Parker became the first Giants player to have at least three homers and seven RBIs in a game since Willie Mays did it 54 years ago, overshadowing the disappointing starts in the feel-good matchup of Tim Hudson and Barry Zito as San Francisco beat the Oakland Athletics 14-10 on Saturday.

Parker hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth for his third home run. Mays, the Hall of Famer, had four homers and eight RBIs on April 30, 1961, at Milwaukee.

Hardly at their old best of yesteryear when they dominated as part of Oakland's "Big Three," Hudson and Zito shared their brief moment to say goodbye to the Bay Area baseball fans in what began as a nostalgic, throwback moment and ended with Parker's power surge.

Short it was for the starters, with Oakland's Zito throwing two innings and outlasting Hudson's 1 1-3 for the Giants, 11 years after they last pitched together here in 2004.

Parker's grand slam came against Ryan Dull (0-1) after a solo shot off Zito in the second and a two-run drive in the seventh.

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