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Giants sidestep being swept by Cincinnati Reds


The Athletics seized the lead in the first inning when leadoff hitter Coco Crisp singled to right field, advanced on a walk and scored from second base on a single by Yoenis Cespedes.

Crisp leaped high over the centerfield wall to made a grab off a Prince Fielder deep fly ball to deny the Detroit slugger a homer in the second inning.

“Coco robbing the homer kind of set the tone,” Anderson said.

Smith connected on his homer in the fifth inning to boost Oakland’s lead to 2-0 and three Athletics relief pitchers combined to strike out five while allowing only two hits in three scoreless innings after Anderson was lifted.

Australian right-handed relief pitcher Grant Balfour entered in the ninth inning, facing the heart of the Tigers’ batting order.

Balfour struck out Omar Infante and, after surrendering a single to Miguel Cabrera, induced Prince Fielder to hit into a game-ending double play.

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