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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Paul Blackburn and five relievers combined on a three-hitter, making Chad Pinder’s leadoff homer stand up for the Oakland Athletics in a 1-0 victory over San Francisco that ended the Giants’ five-game winning streak Wednesday night.

Blackburn (3-0) allowed three hits in five innings, lowering his ERA to 1.

35. The right-hander pitched around traffic, inducing three double-play grounders in the first three innings — including a difficult 3-6-1 turn to end the third after the Giants had loaded the bases.

Domingo Acevedo, Sam Moll, Zach Jackson and Kirby Snead combined for three scoreless innings. Dany Jimenez pitched the ninth and got help from instant replay for his fourth save while helping the A’s to their second shutout in three games.

Wilmer Flores appeared to reach on an infield single leading off the ninth when he outran first baseman Seth Brown to the bag after a short grounder. Brown was positioned far away from the base when he fielded the ball and Flores was initially ruled safe before the call was overturned on replay.

Pinder came off the COVID-19 injured list before the game and celebrated by crushing opener Sam Long’s sixth pitch into the left-field stands. The left fielder also singled in the third.

Oakland got a runner to third in the fifth and seventh but failed to score. The A’s have been held to two runs or fewer in seven of their last nine games.

The Giants entered the day leading the majors in scoring but went cold offensively on a chilly night at Oracle Park.

Long (0-1) took the loss while working as the Giants’ opener for the third time in the last six games.

TRICKY PLAY

Giants outfielder Luis González began the game in center, then moved to right in the fourth and made a tough catch while battling the swirling wind on Christian Bethancourt’s fly ball. González turned around while chasing the ball, then slipped and fell to his knees before making the catch.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: 3B Kevin Smith began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas. … INF Christian Lopes was returned to Las Vegas.

Giants: Leadoff hitter Joc Pederson was removed with right groin tightness.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (2-3, 3.28 ERA) pitches against the Guardians on Friday. Montas is holding opposing hitters to a .180 batting average this season.

Giants: Following an off day, LHP Alex Wood (2-0, 2.51) faces the Nationals on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

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Bucs in Danger of Losing Key Starters Before Saints Game

Getty Todd Bowles could have a decimated secondary against the New Orleans Saints.

Amid the news of Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Logan Ryan returning from injured reserve, things didn’t get any prettier with a slew of key players on the first injury report of the week.

Five Bucs starters didn’t participate in practice on Thursday, December 1, among the 10 players overall on the injury report. Tight end Cameron Brate (illness), safety Mike Edwards (hamstring), nose tackle Vita Vea (foot), safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle), and tackle Tristan Wirfs (ankle/knee) all sat out.

Tampa Bay’s secondary could take a major hit in particular as head coach Todd Bowles couldn’t confirm if Winfield or Edwards will play on December 5 against the New Orleans Saints.

“Well, they didn’t practice. Right now, until we see something better later in the week, we’re planning to go with the other guys,” Bowles told reporters on Thursday.

First injury report for Bucs and Saints today. New Orleans has quite a list. For Bucs, Edwards has a hamstring, Murphy-Bunting a quad injury. pic.twitter.com/owdY7fBYwg

— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 1, 2022

Wirfs won’t play versus the Saints due to his injury against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, November 27. Vea and Brate, who both played against the Browns, could return for the Saints game.

Three injured Bucs practiced in limited capacity: wide receiver Russell Gage Jr. (hamstring), guard Luke Goedeke (foot), and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (quad). Running back Leonard Fournette (hip) returned to full participation after missing the Browns game. Guard Nick Leverett also had full participation despite a shoulder injury.

Ryan Returns to Practice

Ryan also returned to practice on Thursday, a day after the Bucs designated him to return from IR, due to a foot fracture in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan can practice and not count toward the 53-man roster during the next three weeks. The Bucs could activate Ryan to play against the Saints, but Bowles wouldn’t commit to a final decision.

“It’s possible,” Bowles said. “We’ve got to see a couple more days of practice before we do that, though — but he moved around well.”

Welcome back, Logan Ryan! #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/WTuIRpFRGo

— David Schiele WTSP (@Deacon_Schiele) December 1, 2022

Ryan signed with the Bucs as a free agent in the offseason, and he made an immediate impact this fall. He tallied 10 tackles, an interception and two pass deflections in less than four games played.

Josh Wells, Brandon Walton to Fill Wirfs Void

Wirfs leaves arguably the biggest hole on offense for the Bucs. Reserve tackle Josh Wells will fill that role primarily. Fellow reserve tackle Brandon Walton could rotate in, Bowles said.

“Josh is tough,” Bowles said. “He’s played in the game a long time. He’s not Tristan [Wirfs] obviously. He just has to make sure he does the things that he knows how to do and makes sure he plays his ballgame.”

“He doesn’t have to try to be anybody else,” Bowles added. “He’s tough, he understands the game well, he understands the scheme and the game plan. We expect him to step in and play well.”

Injuries on the offensive line plagued the Bucs from day one of training camp with a knee injury to center Ryan Jensen followed by Aaron Stinnie‘s ACL tear. Tackle Donovan Smith also dealt with an elbow injury in Week 1, and he missed two games. Bowles won’t use it as an excuse for a 5-6 overall record though.

“It’s just about getting in sync,” Bowles said. “They’ve kind of taken the place of the DBs last year — we’re plugging guys in and playing them. But they understand the scheme and we just have to play better there.”

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