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Parker solid for A's, but Oakland loses to San Francisco 13-9

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker throws to the San Francisco Giants during an exhibition spring training baseball game on Friday, March 1, 2013 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

PHOENIX — Last spring, Jarrod Parker was on edge during his time in Oakland's training camp. He was unrealistically pushing himself to make a good impression. Once he calmed down, he was solid.

Parker pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start Friday, a 13-9 Athletics' loss to the San Francisco Giants.

"I was trying to do way too much trying to make the team," Parker said. "I wanted to make a splash. This year I can prepare slower and smarter and that's a good thing."

Brandon Belt had three hits and drove in a run for the Giants, who scored seven times in sixth inning against reliever Travis Blackley.

Chris Young, in his first appearance in a week, added two hits for the Athletics.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner went 1 2-3 innings, allowing a run on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.

"I'm not in a routine yet," Bumgarner said. "I'm just trying to get everything to be the way I want it in the regular season. Sure, I want to pitch well but there are things to work on."

Santiago Casilla, credited with the win, and Shane Loux each pitched a scoreless inning for the Giants.

Parker needed just 22 pitches, 18 for strikes, to get through his stint. If not for Marco Scutaro, who battled Parker through a nine-pitch at-bat, he would have been even more efficient.

"Some of those pitches weren't even strikes and he kept fighting them off," Parker said. "He's a tough out every time at bat."

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