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Dumatrait notches first career win, Bucs spoil Zito's return to rotation

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PITTSBURGH -- His seventh start was much better than the previous six, even if Barry Zito still hasn't erased that zero in his record. Eight years after breaking into pro ball, Phil Dumatrait finally got rid of his.

Xavier Nady hit a two-run homer to spoil Zito's mostly effective return to the Giants rotation and Dumatrait pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for his first career win, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

Zito (0-7), roughed up in each of his first six starts, was much sharper after spending 10 days working out his problems in the bullpen, yet couldn't beat a pitcher who hadn't won in 17 previous career appearances.

Zito, at least temporarily the majors' most expensive reliever only two seasons into his $126 million, seven-year contract, started with three scoreless innings. Then Jason Bay singled and Nady hit the first pitch he saw in the fourth into the left-field seats. Nady's fifth homer gave him the NL lead with 34 RBI, four in the first two games of the three-game series.

"He hit a good pitch, a first pitch changeup. I'm upset about Bay getting the hit he did on a 3-1 changeup," Zito said. "I wish I had that one back. That was basically the difference right there."

Zito's pitching line of five innings, three hits, two runs, two walks and five strikeouts was easily his best of the season, and he threw 58 of 99 pitches for strikes. His last time out he allowed eight runs and seven hits in three innings in a 10-1 loss to the Reds on April 27.

The left-hander moved into the bullpen after that but never pitched in relief and, essentially, was skipped over for a start in an attempt to get him untracked.

"It was time to refocus," said Zito, who hadn't previously missed a start since breaking into the majors with Oakland in 2000. "I think it helped me in that aspect. I felt good out there and I'm excited to get back out there in five days."

Despite Zito's encouraging start -- he repeatedly had the Pirates out in front of pitches -- he is the first Giants pitcher to lose his first seven decisions since reliever Rod Beck was 0-9 in 1996.

Only the third starting pitcher since 1956 to go 0-6 before May, Zito had not previously pitched in a game this season in which the opposition didn't score at least four runs.

"He used all his pitches, I thought he was more aggressive with all his pitches," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He did what we wanted him to, give us a chance to win. The bats were just quiet tonight. ... He pitches like that, we'll get him some wins."

Dumatrait (1-1), whose 0-5 career record coming in nearly matched Zito's season record, finally picked up his first victory eight years after being the Red Sox's first-round draft pick in 2000.

Pittsburgh claimed Dumatrait on waivers after he was 0-4 with a 15.00 ERA in six starts with Cincinnati last season.

"It's unbelievable," Dumatrait said. "As long as I live, I'll never forget this moment. After I was drafted, the goal was to get to the major leagues and I accomplished that. Then it was about getting the first win, and now I hope it's the first of many."

Dumatrait, one of four left-handers in Pittsburgh's rotation, struck out five, walked one and allowed five hits before leaving with a runner on second and two out in the sixth. Dumatrait has given up one run over 9 2/3 innings in two starts since replacing the released Matt Morris in the rotation.

"I thought he was great," manager John Russell said.

Tyler Yates came on to get the next four outs before Damaso Marte struck out the side during a scoreless eighth inning. Matt Capps couldn't complete the shutout, giving up Bengie Molina's RBI single in the ninth before getting his seventh save in as many opportunities.

The Pirates won consecutive games for the first times since April 22-23 and have won 12 of 14 from the Giants. Pittsburgh had lost 13 of 18 overall before the series began.

Notes

  • Pittsburgh's Nate McLouth went 1-for-3 with a triple after homering twice in each of his previous two home games and hitting five homers in his previous three at home.
  • McLouth, normally the Pirates' leadoff hitter, batted third for the third time this season. On Tuesday, he hit second for the first time.
  • The Giants have lost four of five on a road trip to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that ends Thursday.
 
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Barry Zito yields just two runs over five innings, but ends up losing to a guy who notches his first win.  (AP)
Barry Zito yields just two runs over five innings, but ends up losing to a guy who notches his first win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

X. Nady
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF4000031 .306
Randy Winn, RF4120001 .269
Aaron Rowand, CF4010022 .333
Bengie Molina, C4021000 .295
Rich Aurilia, 1B3000101 .274
Jose Castillo, 3B4010002 .241
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B2000012 .229
   a- Eugenio Velez, PH-2B1000001 .231
Brian Bocock, SS3000012 .143
Barry Zito, P1000010 .143
   b- Daniel Ortmeier, PH1010000 .275
    Keiichi Yabu, P0000000 .000
   c- Steve Holm, PH1000010 .290
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
Totals3217119  
a-grounded out for Burriss in the 7th
b-doubled for Zito in the 6th
c-struck out for Yabu in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Castillo (11, Yates), Daniel Ortmeier (5, Dumatrait)
RBI - Bengie Molina (20)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Aurilia, Aurilia, Bocock-Burriss-Aurilia, Bocock-Aurilia
E - Brian Bocock (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (L,0-7) 5522251 6.95
Keiichi Yabu 2100120 2.66
Tyler Walker 1211010 2.40
HBP - McLouth (by Barry Zito)
WP - Keiichi Yabu (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 99-58, Keiichi Yabu 33-19, Tyler Walker 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 4-4, Keiichi Yabu 4-0, Tyler Walker 1-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 21, Keiichi Yabu 8, Tyler Walker 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010021 .240
Jose Bautista, 3B3010112 .239
Nate McLouth, CF3110002 .333
Jason Bay, LF3120101 .270
Xavier Nady, RF4112023 .349
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010020 .208
Ronny Paulino, C2000101 .217
Brian Bixler, SS3010001 .200
Phil Dumatrait, P2000011 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Rivas, PH1000000 .200
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals2938238  
a-grounded out for Yates in the 7th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (5, Zito)
3B - Nate McLouth (2, T. Walker)
HR - Xavier Nady (5, Zito)
RBI - Xavier Nady 2 (34)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Bixler-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, F. Sanchez-Bixler-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Phil Dumatrait (W,1-1) 5.2300150 3.86
Tyler Yates (H,4) 1.1100010 3.45
Damaso Marte (H,4) 1000030 5.06
Matt Capps (S,7) 1311000 3.07
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 78-43, Tyler Yates 18-13, Damaso Marte 13-9, Matt Capps 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 4-7, Tyler Yates 2-1, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 20, Tyler Yates 5, Damaso Marte 3, Matt Capps 5
Game Information
Attendance - 9788
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dale Scott