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Anna Bretan of Berkeley set the bar high and the time low for future runners of The San Francisco Marathon. (Image courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle

On a day reserved for the dads of the world, it was a mom from Berkeley who won Father’s Day in record-breaking fashion.

Re. Spect.

The endurance savvy took over San Francisco on Sunday morning with the 36th running of the San Francisco Marathon.

But of those who trekked over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, huffed it through the Presidio and into Golden Gate Park, it was the 28-year-old Anna Bretan who stole the proverbial show.

Already the record-holder for the women in marathons of the Oakland and Modesto variety, her time of two hours, 42 minutes and 25 seconds was a new women’s record for the San Francisco edition.

Ever modest in victory, the mom part of Bretan was ever thoughtful of Dad Day. “I felt a little guilty that I’m here,” she told The San Francisco Chronicle after the finish.  

French exercise psychologist Francois Lhuissier won the race on the men’s side, finishing in two hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds.

We’ll play the marathon game, too.

Go home, Oakland, you’re dr…exhausted.

The A’s, for the most part, continued their winning ways during their recent homestand. One of those wins, however, took 18 innings (18!).

That’s, like, two games in one.

Sometimes that’s what it’ll take to extent an 11-game home winning streak. Oakland eventually sent off the visiting New York Yankees when Nate Freiman hit a bases-loaded single off of Yankee legend Mariano Rivera to cap a 3-2 victory and a series sweep.

“After the 15th or 16th inning, you’re delirious,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told the Chronicle.

The marathon, err, baseball game, dragged on for five hours and 35 minutes.

The A’s had their home streak snapped by the visiting Seattle Mariners, but salvaged the series and avoided a sweep with a 10-2 victory over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks in part also to a recent six-game losing streak by the Texas Rangers, Oakland leapfrogged its AL West rivals to jump into first place in the division and build up a three-game cushion at the top.

Its 42-29 record is tied for top honors in the American League with the Boston Red Sox…

Tough walk to swallow.

For the past month, the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants have mired in a slump of mediocrity. On Saturday, their efforts to change their ho-hum run of late weren’t helped by the umpiring crews or themselves in Atlanta.

The Giants squandered a ninth-inning lead against a pesky Braves team that had closer Sergio Romo visibly irate in the immediate aftermath of his third blown save of the season.

With the bases loaded and the Giants clinging to a 5-4 lead, Romo walked in the game-tying run on a full count with a pitch that seemingly was a strike. Freddie Freeman then hit the game-winning single to put the Giants away, 6-5.

“I was fine,” Romo told the Chronicle. “I had to focus. We’re still in the game. We’ve still got an opportunity to keep playing. I’ve got to dig deep and stay focused. You’ve got to give them credit. They had some good pieces of hitting.”

With a win over Atlanta on Sunday night, the Giants will finish their 10-game road trip 5-4.

140-character marathons are as far as I go, thankyouverymuch: @seanswaby