Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Semien’s grand slam leads A’s past Giants

OAKLAND — Marcus Semien’s sixth-inning grand slam powered the Oakland A’s past the San Francisco Giants, 8-5, handing the hosts Game 1 of the Bay Bridge Series on Monday night.

Semien’s 406-foot blast, which landed at the base of the camera well beyond the left-center field wall, came off George Kontos, turning what had been a one-run deficit into a three-run advantage.

While the Giants would rally back to make it 6-5, the A’s grabbed a pair of eighth-inning insurance runs via a Ryon Healy single.

Blake Treinen then entered the fray, delivering a scoreless ninth and his first save with the green and gold. The A’s win came in front of an announced crowd of 38,391 fans at Rickey Henderson Field at the Coliseum.

Making his fifth start, Paul Blackburn recorded one out in the seventh before giving way to Daniel Coulombe with runners on the corners.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Paul Blackburn (58) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Coulombe allowed both runners to score, cutting Oakland’s lead to 6-5 and leaving Blackburn with a final line of five earned runs on eight hits and a walk. The rookie also struck out four in his 6.1 innings.

Even after his roughest outing yet, Blackburn, who grew up in Brentwood, is sporting a 3.05 ERA through five starts.

His counterpart, Matt Cain, only let in a pair of runs — with both crossing the plate in the first inning — even as he scattered seven hits and three walks in five innings.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Graveman to pitch Thursday

Kendall Graveman, out since May 26 with a right shoulder strain, will start Thursday’s finale against the Giants.

 

Melancon and Cueto progressing

Mark Melancon (right pronator strain), who threw a scoreless inning for Sacramento on Sunday night, will need three to four more outings. Bochy isn’t sure just when the sidelined closer will pitch next.

Johnny Cueto, shelved with blisters on his right hand, threw three scoreless innings for the High-A San Jose Giants. Before that outing, Bochy said he hoped the outing would Cueto’s only rehab appearance.

Moncrief collects first hit

Carlos Moncrief, a 28-year-old rookie, recorded his first big league hit, with an infield single in the fourth. The Giants right-fielder added a double in the seventh and flashed an unusually strong — and accurate — arm in the outfield.

Klay throws the first pitch

Decked out in an A’s cap and pullover, Klay Thompson threw a strike for the first pitch on Monday night. Afterward, the two-time NBA champion with the Warriors broke down his pitch selection.

“I didn’t want to just like sail it and hit someone in the back,” Thompson joked, per NBC California.Klay ThompsonMarcus SemienMatt CainMLBOakland Athleticspaul blackburnSan Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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