San Diego at San Francisco

San Diego
W: B. Zito (8-15) L: M. Adams (1-2)
S: B. Wilson (34)
HR: SD - None   SF - None

Giants 4, Padres 3 wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Zito appears to pitch better the later it gets in the season, and his teammates are taking notice.

Zito worked eight innings for the second time this year and won his second straight start for the first time, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

"He's nipping at the corners and making guys put the ball in play," said Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand, who had a pair of doubles in the win. "He's always had great stuff but he just hit a tough spot where he was leaving pitches over the plate. He's not doing that now. He's worked his way through the tough times and it has made him a better pitcher and a better person."

Rich Aurilia, whose baserunning error cost the Giants earlier, tripled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth as San Francisco matched its season-best four-game winning streak.

"That's a notch in my triple belt for the year," said Aurilia, who has 22 career triples, including at least one in each of the past 11 years.

Zito (8-15) allowed four hits in eight innings for his third win at home in 13 decisions. He gave up three runs, walked three and struck out five as the Giants won four straight for the first time since June 6-9.

"The first few innings I was definitely in a good tempo," Zito said. "The key is staying in that tempo no matter what is going on around me. I got away from my approach that inning but it was nice to come back from that."

Zito's 27 wins in August are his most in any month. And his 2.81 ERA is tops, too.

"I'm seeing the 'Z' man getting into a groove when he's pitching like that consistently," Rowand said.

Brian Wilson worked a perfect ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances.

Mike Adams (1-2) gave up Aurilia's triple to take the loss, the Padres sixth straight.

San Diego starter Dirk Hayhurst went four innings in his major league debut, allowing three runs on five hits and a pair of walks.

"I wish I had some clean-cut cliche to share but I don't," Hayhurst said. "It was amazing. It was nerve-racking. It was inspiring. There's a lot of adjectives but I don't think any one of them does it justice. It's the culmination of every dream."

After giving up Rowand's double to put the Giants up 2-0 in the first, he retired eight of nine to get through the third. The 27-year-old right-hander made two starts in 46 appearances with San Diego's Triple-A affiliate in Portland.

Dave Roberts walked to lead off the first, stole second and went to third on Ivan Ochoa's bunt single. Randy Winn's groundout scored Roberts, and Rowand followed with a double to put the Giants up 2-0.

"After those things started playing out I realized this is still baseball, the same game at any level," Hayhurst said. "Then I got competitive and I didn't want to lose or give in."

Jody Gerut's RBI triple and Chase Headley's sacrifice fly tied the game at 2 in the fourth.

Pablo Sandoval, who has hit safely in seven of his eight games this year, led off the fourth with a double and two outs later was on third. The Padres walked Emmanuel Burriss but Zito spoiled the strategy with a soft liner into right field to make it 3-2 Giants.

Headley's double in the sixth tied the game at 3.

Aurilia was caught leaning off second base by catcher Josh Bard. He slipped trying to get back to second and was an easy out.


Rowand's two doubles gave him 200 for his career. ... In a dogs day promotion, 'Clouseau' won the award for best costume, while Bengie the Crazy Crab finished second. ... Giants LHP Noah Lowry, out since March following lower forearm surgery, continued his throwing program with a long toss session. ... Three of Zito's four career RBI have been against the Padres. ... Padres IF Edgar Gonzalez stole second in the sixth, his first career stolen base.
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Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Scott Hairston, CF4010000 .252
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B4110002 .279
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3100111 .279
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000002 .274
Jody Gerut, RF3111110 .295
Chase Headley, LF3012020 .263
Josh Bard, C4000002 .204
Sean Kazmar, SS3000010 .100
Dirk Hayhurst, P0000100 .000
   a- Cha Seung Baek, PH1000010 .174
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   b- Tadahito Iguchi, PH1000010 .235
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Hayhurst in the 5th
b-struck out for Hensley in the 7th
2B - Scott Hairston (18, Zito), Chase Headley (11, Zito)
3B - Jody Gerut (3, Zito)
SF - Chase Headley (1)
RBI - Jody Gerut (39), Chase Headley 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (4)
SB - Edgar Gonzalez (1, 2nd base off Zito/Sandoval)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Ed. Gonzalez-Kazmar-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Dirk Hayhurst 4533220 6.75
Clay Hensley 2000410 3.80
Mike Adams (L,1-2) 2211020 2.14
IBB - Burriss by Dirk Hayhurst
Pitches-Strikes - Dirk Hayhurst 76-49, Clay Hensley 32-11, Mike Adams 30-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dirk Hayhurst 6-4, Clay Hensley 3-0, Mike Adams 3-1
Batters Faced - Dirk Hayhurst 19, Clay Hensley 8, Mike Adams 8
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, LF3100113 .231
Ivan Ochoa, SS3010110 .256
Randy Winn, RF4101001 .302
Aaron Rowand, CF3021100 .287
Pablo Sandoval, C4210002 .429
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3000113 .233
Rich Aurilia, 3B4011002 .270
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B2010201 .269
Barry Zito, P3011022 .108
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
2B - Aaron Rowand 2 (34, Hayhurst, Adams), Pablo Sandoval (3, Hayhurst)
3B - Rich Aurilia (1, Adams)
RBI - Randy Winn (54), Aaron Rowand (67), Rich Aurilia (41), Barry Zito (1)
2-OUT RBI - Rich Aurilia (12), Barry Zito (1)
SB - Dave Roberts (4, 2nd base off Hayhurst/Bard), Randy Winn (23, 2nd base off Hensley/Bard), Emmanuel Burriss (12, 2nd base off Hayhurst/Bard)
PK - Rich Aurilia (1, Hensley)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (W,8-15) 8433350 5.31
Brian Wilson (S,34) 1000020 4.18
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 103-62, Brian Wilson 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 9-10, Brian Wilson 1-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 31, Brian Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37081
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Chris Tiller, Third Base - Laz Diaz