OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -The last time Jonathan Sanchez realized he was rushing his delivery, the San Francisco left-hander slowed down and responded with the Giants' first no-hitter in nearly 33 years.
He was doing the same thing this spring and again focused on relaxing on the mound, and although the results haven't been quite as dramatic as they were a year ago, Sanchez is pitching just as effectively.
Sanchez gave up one hit over four innings in his third straight strong outing, Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run home run and scored twice, and the Giants beat the Oakland Athletics 10-6 on Saturday.
``I slowed down my body, that was it,' Sanchez said. ``I was going too fast in the beginning. I was flying off and throwing high pitches. Now every time I (slow down) it's just going to go to the right place, to home plate.'
Sanchez was dominant while retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced. The Giants' left-hander struck out two and walked one, allowing only a second-inning single to Eric Chavez. He didn't allow a runner past first base against Oakland and has given up only two earned runs over his last 16 1-3 innings.
That's a sharp contrast to how he began the spring. He gave up six earned runs in two innings against Milwaukee on March 14 then was tagged for three runs in four innings against Cleveland his next time out before pitching coach Dave Righetti noticed Sanchez was rushing his delivery, the same issue he had last year when he was demoted to the Giants' bullpen.
``He's really picked it up,' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. ``He was searching early but he got in a good groove and he bounced back. He's right where he needs to be.'
John Bowker and Eugenio Velez also homered for the Giants, who have 23 wins this spring, tops in the majors.
Chavez and Rajai Davis had two hits apiece for the A's, who announced during the game that leadoff hitter Coco Crisp will begin the season on the disabled list with a broken left pinkie.
Oakland also got a scare when closer Andrew Bailey, the AL rookie of the year last season, left the game after throwing two pitches in the ninth inning. Bailey retired Bowker on a groundout but limped off the mound and bent over as manager Bob Geren and trainer Steve Sayles came out. He later said the situation was related to microfracture surgery he had on his left knee in the offseason.
``I'll be able to pitch through it. It's more of a nuisance than anything,' Bailey said. ``It's one of those things that you've got to keep your eye on.'
Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez allowed only three hits over five innings but had control problems early when he walked three consecutive batters with two outs in the first. He escaped that jam but had trouble again with two outs in the second, giving up a single to Sandoval before Bowker's two-run homer to center, his sixth of the season.
Gonzalez, who after the game was chosen Oakland's fifth starter by Geren, finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.
``I had some rough patches and you just keep battling,' Gonzalez said. ``I didn't want to set the tone by giving up two or three runs in the first. Even when I fell behind some of the guys, I tried to attack and keep throwing.'
It didn't go so well for Trevor Cahill, the other pitcher Geren was considering for the fifth starter's spot. Cahill relieved Gonzalez and gave up a two-run home run to Velez in the sixth and a three-run blast to Sandoval in the seventh.
Oakland was shut out until Rajai Davis doubled and scored in the eighth. The A's added five more in the ninth with the help of four walks, a hit batter and a two-run single by Travis Buck.
Crisp was injured Friday while making a headfirst dive while trying to steal second base against San Francisco. He was hit on the hand by Giants second baseman Jose Uribe's glove and was called out. The initial diagnosis was a dislocated finger, but X-rays of Crisp's hand revealed the fracture.
Notes: Nate Schierholtz, competing with Bowker for San Francisco's starting job in right field, went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .262. Bochy said he will name the starter Monday. ... The Giants host Seattle on Sunday at AT&T Park in the exhibition finale for both teams.
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