Barry Zito has finally figured out that he doesn’t have to be perfect to be a winner. He pitched seven solid innings to help the Giants beat Arizona 4-2 Monday.
“To have everybody doing something to help us win games, and Barry coming out of spring training was having his struggles, but to his credit, he didn’t hang his head,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He kept working hard, and he gives us a chance to win, and that’s all you want from your pitchers.”
Zito allowed seven hits and two runs with three strikeouts for his third win in May.
“I wanted to throw more strikes and let them hit it, pitch to contact instead of trying to be too fine and hit the corners or off,” Zito said. “That’s what I’ve been doing a lot at times, so just pouring it through the zone and putting the pressure on them.”
Clay Hensley pitched a perfect eighth inning, but Santiago Casilla worked out of a one-out jam with the tying run on base on for his 13th save.
The Giants got all the offense they needed in the first inning, when they scored three runs.
Gregor Blanco hit a pair of doubles Monday and stole home, while Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan and Hector Sanchez also drove in runs for the Giants, who won their third consecutive game against Arizona in the season series.