Zito seeks 10th win against ColoradoAug 12, 2012 - 2:46 PM
Zito improved to 9-8 on the season on Tuesday in St. Louis, as he held the Cardinals to a pair of runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to lower his ERA to 4.19.
"He pitched a great game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He gave up a couple of home runs ... but he didn't let that faze him at all."
A victory today would give the former AL Cy Young Award winner his first 10- win campaign since going 10-13 three years ago. However, he has lost three consecutive starts at AT&T Park and has a 10.24 ERA in the last two.
Zito tossed a four-hit shutout to beat the Rockies the last time he faced them and is 6-2 lifetime against them with a 2.39 ERA in 18 games (16 starts).
Colorado, meanwhile, will turn to righty Alex White, who is 2-6 with a 5.75 ERA. White struggled with his command on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He only allowed a hit over four scoreless innings, but walked five batters and did not get a decision in his team's 3-1 win.
As part of Colorado's four-man rotation, manager Jim Tracy has tried to limit his starters to 75 pitches.
"We know what we've got. We've got 75 pitches, and our job is to get as far as we can," said White, who has issued at least four walks in four of his past seven starts.
White has lost both of his starts to the Giants and has pitched to an 8.38 ERA in those outings.
On Saturday, Matt Cain tossed 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball and visited the win column for the first time in nearly a month as San Francisco rolled to a 9-3 victory.
Cain (11-5), who had been 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA coming in since his perfect game, fanned six, scattered seven hits and walked one. It was his first win since defeating the Houston Astros on July 15.
"This was the Matt Cain we know," Bochy said.
Buster Posey smacked two hits, including a two-run homer, and Angel Pagan had a two-run triple for Giants, who won for just the second time at home in their last 10 attempts.
"We're going to have to pick it up here at home," Bochy said.
Posey's batting .444 with six homers and 14 RBI in 10 games this month.
Drew Pomeranz (1-7) allowed four runs on six hits with four strikeouts over four frames for Colorado, which had won three of its last four.
"I just made some bad pitches and they put some good swings on my bad pitches," Pomeranz said.
San Francisco is 7-3 against the Rockies this season.
- COLORADO: 6
SAN FRANCISCO: 9
Aug 12 7:32 PM
- Hunter Pence two-out, three-run Home Run (18) to left scored Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera. Brandon Belt due up.
Rockies 6, Giants 9 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 12 7:18 PM
- Buster Posey sacrifice fly to left scored Joaquin Arias with two out. Runners on first and second and Hunter Pence due up.
Rockies 6, Giants 6 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 12 7:15 PM
- Melky Cabrera infield single to short scored Brandon Crawford with one out. On the play, Angel Pagan advances to second and Joaquin Arias advances to third. Bases loaded and Buster Posey due up.
Rockies 6, Giants 5 Bot 8, 1 OutAug 12 7:05 PM
- Jordan Pacheco sacrifice fly to center scored Dexter Fowler with two out. On the play, Wilin Rosario advances to third on Brandon Belt's throwing error. Runner on third and Chris Nelson due up.
Rockies 6, Giants 4 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 12 6:30 PM
- Carlos Torres single to center scored DJ LeMahieu with two out. Runner on first and Eric Young Jr. due up.
Rockies 5, Giants 4 Top 6, 2 OutsAug 12 6:10 PM
- DJ LeMahieu double to right scored Jordan Pacheco with two out. Runner on second and Carlos Torres due up.
Rockies 4, Giants 4 Top 6, 2 OutsAug 12 6:10 PM
- Ryan Theriot double to left scored Brandon Belt with two out. Runner on second and Brandon Crawford due up.
Rockies 3, Giants 4 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 12 5:55 PM
- Alex White sacrifice fly to left scored Wilin Rosario with two out. Runners on first and second and Eric Young Jr. due up.
Rockies 3, Giants 3 Top 4, 2 OutsAug 12 5:28 PM
- Josh Rutledge double to right scored Eric Young Jr. with one out. Runner on second and Dexter Fowler due up.
Rockies 2, Giants 3 Top 3, 1 OutAug 12 5:01 PM
- Brandon Belt singled to left scoring Melky Cabrera with one out. On the play, Buster Posey advances to second. Runners on first and second with Ryan Theriot due up.
Rockies 0, Giants 3 Bot 1, 1 OutAug 12 4:27 PM
- Melky Cabrera singled to center scoring Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro with none out. Runner on first and Buster Posey due up.
Rockies 0, Giants 2 Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 12 4:21 PM
- COLORADO: 0
SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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