Tim Hudson, who has seen it from both sides, knows how much fans get a kick out of Giants-A's interleague games.

"As players, we don't take it lightly," Hudson said. "We understand there's a lot of passion in the Bay Area for both teams. The A's have had a great first half. Give them credit. Hopefully, with this series in San Diego, it'll help us right our ship and get us in the right direction."

The Giants beat the Padres 5-3 on Sunday to clinch their second series win since early June. Tim Lincecum ran his scoreless streak to 23 innings, and 1-2 hitters Hunter Pence and Joe Panik combined for five hits and scored all five runs.

Lincecum, the Giants' hottest pitcher, will miss the upcoming four games against the A's, a stretch that begins Monday night at the Coliseum. It's the team that has the majors' best record vs. the team that once did - before beginning its nosedive.

After the Giants lost 18 of 23, they rebounded with consecutive wins at Petco Park. The A's are a whole different opponent.