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SAN FRANCISCO -- For most of his outing, Barry Zito had a large lead that would make most pitchers plenty comfortable.

Zito never allows himself to think that way. Not with all the ups and downs of his Giants tenure.

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"I think the mindset that it's easier because you have a lead will tie the game up quickly," he said.

Buster Posey drove in three runs while NBA star Kevin Durant cheered him from the stands, Zito pitched another gem and contributed with his bat, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 10-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Staked to a quick lead, Zito (2-0) won his 11th straight decision, including last year's postseason. San Francisco earned its 16th consecutive victory in games he has started, the longest such run by a Giants pitcher since 16 in a row by Carl Hubbell for New York in 1936, STATS said.

"It's hard to speak about a stretch or a run or the past, really," Zito said. "Today the boys came out swinging. They were starting to click on all cylinders offensively, which was great because a lot of people underestimate our offense. And days like today really show what we can offer."

Zito has thrown 14 scoreless innings so far, the deepest the lefty has gone without giving up a run to start a season in his 14-year career.

Posey hit an RBI triple in the first, a run-scoring double in the second and an RBI single in the fifth. He scored twice.

Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Nick Collison attended the game on the team's off day ahead of Thursday's matchup at Golden State. Durant was eager to see the NL MVP, saying: "My man, Buster. I just like his intensity."

"It's humbling," Posey said. "You don't even know if they know who you are to begin with."

The Giants won their ninth in a row overall against Colorado. They also have beaten the Rockies nine straight times at AT&T Park.

Andres Torres hit a two-run single, Joaquin Arias singled home a run in a rare start and Marco Scutaro hit a sacrifice fly as the Giants went ahead 7-0. They chased Jeff Francis (1-1) in the second inning for the shortest start of his career.

"I'd miss a pitch and they'd whack it. I'd make a pitch and they'd whack it," Francis said.

The Giants had a season-high 16 hits a day after getting 14.

Zito had an RBI single in the fifth. He singled the next inning for his first career multihit game, prompting a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 41,606 and chants of "Barry! Barry!" He has a four-start hitting streak dating to the 2012 postseason.

"He's going to have a shift soon, probably," Posey cracked.

Zito allowed seven hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one. Javier Lopez and Chad Gaudin completed the seven-hitter.

Zito was part of his second shutout already this season, and he hasn't lost since Aug. 2 against the Mets.

"You can't have more confidence out there than what Barry has right now," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's fun to watch when a pitcher's on and hitting his spots. It's a thing of beauty. He's as tough a competitor as I've ever been around."

The Rockies arrived in San Francisco riding a five-game winning streak and left with a three-game skid. Colorado had homered in each of its first eight games before being shut out for the first time in 2013.

"I was expecting to come in here and win a series," rookie manager Walt Weiss said. "The Giants played well. This one today got away from us early. We look at it as three games of 162."

Notes

  • Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval had the day off to give his body a break. Sandoval missed 13 games late in spring training with an inflamed nerve in his right elbow. "We're being cautious with him," Bochy said.
  • Hunter Pence had his seven-game hitting streak snapped for the Giants.
  • Zito improved to 41-3 when receiving four or more runs of support in 56 starts since joining the Giants. He is 8-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 21 career outings vs. Colorado -- the third-lowest ERA among active pitchers behind Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter (1.41) and Giants teammate Madison Bumgarner (2.45).
  • Francis' previous shortest start was three innings, done five times.
  • Weiss rested 1B Todd Helton for the day game after a night game and with a lefty starter on the mound.
  • Posey's triple was the fourth of his career.
  • Colorado CF Dexter Fowler, who has a hit in seven of his team's first eight games, had his first day off until a pinch-hit grounder in the eighth.
  • If the weather cooperates in Chicago, RHP Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) will start Thursday afternoon. "Pack your heavy jackets," the clubhouse dry-erase board said.
 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
San Francisco

B. Zito
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., CF4010002 .235
Josh Rutledge, 2B4000003 .242
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2000100 .286
    Reid Brignac, LF1000010 .333
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010011 .345
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   a- Dexter Fowler, PH1000000 .306
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Michael Cuddyer, RF4010001 .387
Wilin Rosario, C4010011 .333
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4000012 .250
Chris Nelson, 3B3020010 .308
Jeff Francis, P0000000 .000
    Edgmer Escalona, P1000010 .000
   b- Yorvit Torrealba, PH1010000 .333
    Chris Volstad, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Herrera, SS1000001 .429
Totals3307016  
a-grounded out for Ottavino in the 8th
b-singled for Escalona in the 5th
Batting
2B - Eric Young Jr. (2, Zito), Troy Tulowitzki (2, Zito), Michael Cuddyer (1, Zito)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Chris Nelson (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,1-1) 1.2774220 5.87
Edgmer Escalona 2.1100010 0.00
Chris Volstad 1.2733010 10.38
Adam Ottavino 1.1000120 6.23
Rex Brothers 1100210 2.08
IBB - Arias by Jeff Francis
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 60-34, Edgmer Escalona 32-23, Chris Volstad 43-28, Adam Ottavino 22-13, Rex Brothers 32-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 3-2, Edgmer Escalona 4-2, Chris Volstad 4-0, Adam Ottavino 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 16, Edgmer Escalona 8, Chris Volstad 12, Adam Ottavino 5, Rex Brothers 6
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3210100 .361
   a- Gregor Blanco, PH-CF1000112 .214
Marco Scutaro, 2B3021011 .235
    Nick Noonan, 2B1000103 .333
Buster Posey, C5233002 .276
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF5100024 .257
Joaquin Arias, 3B4011111 .273
Brandon Belt, 1B5120023 .148
Andres Torres, LF5132002 .286
Brandon Crawford, SS5121003 .258
Barry Zito, P3221000 .750
    Guillermo Quiroz, C00001001.000
Totals401016957  
a-struck out for Pagan in the 6th
Batting
2B - Marco Scutaro (1, Escalona), Buster Posey (2, Francis), Brandon Belt (2, Volstad), Andres Torres (2, Volstad), Brandon Crawford (3, Francis)
3B - Buster Posey (1, Francis)
SF - Marco Scutaro (1)
SH - Barry Zito (3)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (2), Buster Posey 3 (4), Joaquin Arias (2), Andres Torres 2 (2), Brandon Crawford (4), Barry Zito (1)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey (2), Joaquin Arias (1), Andres Torres 2 (2)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Noonan-Belt
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Zito (W,2-0) 7700140 0.00
Javier Lopez 1000010 3.38
Chad Gaudin 1000010 0.00
WP - Barry Zito (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 108-74, Javier Lopez 9-7, Chad Gaudin 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 6-10, Javier Lopez 2-0, Chad Gaudin 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 28, Javier Lopez 3, Chad Gaudin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41606
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner