Zito the stopper
The Giants hiked their record to 7-0 in games started by Zito this year at AT&T Park. Ending San Francisco's stretch of six consecutive games without a quality start, Zito pitched six adventurous innings while allowing one run and three hits -- all by Coco Crisp. Though Zito walked a season-high six, the A's scored off him only in the second inning, when Derek Norris and opposing pitcher A.J. Griffin walked to set up Crisp's RBI single.
Pinch-hitting for Zito, Brett Pill christened the Giants' big sixth with a single off leaping first baseman Nate Freiman's glove. Brandon Crawford doubled one out later. Sandoval, whose eighth-inning RBI single Wednesday interrupted a 7-for-44 (.159) skid, scored Pill and Crawford with his second single of the afternoon.
Hunter Pence's two-out single prolonged the inning and finished Griffin. Facing Hideki Okajima, Belt defied the lefty-on-lefty percentages by doubling to left field, scoring Sandoval and Pence.