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Florida (26-30)000001000160

Giants 2, Marlins 1

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MIAMI -- Barry Zito couldn't do anything but watch as the bullpen tried to preserve his first win in five starts.

Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer, Zito ended a four-start losing streak and the San Francisco Giants beat the Florida Marlins 2-1 on Friday night.

Zito (2-6) went five-plus innings, allowing one run on four hits to get his first win since May 8 at Los Angeles.

Brandon Medders and Sergio Romo combined for three scoreless innings of relief. Brian Wilson loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but got Jorge Cantu to ground out for his 14th save in 17 opportunities.

Zito stayed in the dugout until the final out.

"It's a little nerve-racking. I can't imagine what it's like to be a coach," Zito said. "The first thing people mention is your record. It's the last thing we can control so it's definitely rewarding."

The Giants have won eight of 10.

Sandoval homered off Chris Volstad in the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Bengie Molina led off the inning with a single and Sandoval followed with a drive over the right-field wall, his fourth of the season.

"I got the right pitch to hit, a fastball in," Sandoval said. "I'm usually a line-drive hitter and I was just trying to put the ball in play."

Aaron Rowand had three hits for the Giants, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the National League.

Florida closed to 2-1 in the sixth. Zito walked the first two batters and was replaced by Medders. A one-out single by Ronny Paulino loaded the bases. Alejandro De Aza hit a sacrifice fly to foul territory in left field that scored Cantu from third. Medders retired pinch-hitter Ross Gload to end the inning.

"Walking those first two guys messed me up," Zito said. "The bullpen really picked me up."

Volstad (4-5) worked six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits.

"I feel like I pitched pretty well but it wasn't our night," Volstad said. "That one pitch [to Sandoval] got me again. He put a good swing on that ball."

The Marlins threatened in their half of the fourth when they loaded the bases with one out, but Zito struck out Brett Carroll and Volstad to end the inning.

"We had some chances but we just couldn't get that little bleeder or that one that goes between infielders," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's a heck of a pitching staff they've got over there from their starters to their bullpen. They showed it today and we matched them. But they got one more than we did."

The Marlins' defense, second worst in the major leagues in fielding percentage, made a play in the third inning when right fielder Carroll nailed Rowand at home trying to score on Randy Winn's single. Carroll has the Marlins' only two outfield assists this season.

The game started 55 minutes late because of rain.

Notes

Giants starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs or less in 16 of the past 17 games. ... Florida's Dan Uggla reached base four times with two hits, an error and a walk. ... Volstad faced the Giants for the first time.
 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF5030021 .302
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Fred Lewis, LF4000014 .269
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   a- Andres Torres, PH-CF1000010 .235
Randy Winn, RF-LF4020001 .287
Bengie Molina, C4120002 .253
Pablo Sandoval, 1B4122021 .306
Juan Uribe, SS4010011 .297
Rich Aurilia, 3B2000200 .214
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4000015 .267
Barry Zito, P2000010 .111
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF2010000 .250
Totals36211229  
a-struck out for Romo in the 9th
b-singled for Medders in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (17, Volstad), Juan Uribe (6, Sanches)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (4, Volstad)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (24)
SB - Aaron Rowand (4, 2nd base off Volstad/Paulino)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-Burriss-Sandoval
E - Juan Uribe (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (W,2-6) 5411330 3.86
Brandon Medders (H,4) 1100000 2.55
Sergio Romo (H,1) 2100030 6.75
Brian Wilson (S,14) 1000310 3.71
HBP - Cantu (by Barry Zito)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 95-59, Brandon Medders 11-6, Sergio Romo 25-19, Brian Wilson 29-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 7-5, Sergio Romo 1-2, Brian Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 23, Brandon Medders 4, Sergio Romo 7, Brian Wilson 6
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4010010 .246
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000011 .235
Jeremy Hermida, LF4000102 .260
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000112 .335
Jorge Cantu, 1B3100113 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B3020100 .223
Cody Ross, CF-RF3000105 .255
Ronny Paulino, C4020012 .250
Brett Carroll, RF2000013 .200
   b- Alejandro De Aza, PH-CF0001100 .308
Chris Volstad, P2010013 .083
   c- Ross Gload, PH1000002 .273
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   d- Chris Coghlan, PH0000000 .205
Totals3116167  
a-struck out for Bonifacio in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice fly (foul territory) for Carroll in the 6th
c-flied out for Volstad in the 6th
d-hit a sacrifice bunt for Nunez in the 9th
Batting
SF - Alejandro De Aza (1)
SH - Chris Coghlan (1)
RBI - Alejandro De Aza (3)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brett Carroll 1
DP - Bonifacio-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (L,4-5) 6822151 3.65
Kiko Calero 1100010 1.93
Brian Sanches 0.2200110 0.00
Dan Meyer 0.2000000 2.55
Leo Nunez 0.2000020 3.25
IBB - Aurilia by Brian Sanches
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 89-61, Kiko Calero 14-11, Brian Sanches 16-7, Dan Meyer 4-3, Leo Nunez 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 6-5, Kiko Calero 1-1, Dan Meyer 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 25, Kiko Calero 4, Brian Sanches 5, Dan Meyer 2, Leo Nunez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 12841
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth