San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito acknowledges the crowd after being relieved against the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning at AT&T Park. (PHOTO: US Presswire)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Barry Zito came within two outs of throwing his second shutout of the season Sunday and the Giants beat the Cubs for the third day in a row, 2-0.
Pitching a gem, Zito came out only after giving up a one-out walk to Darwin Barney in the ninth inning. Sergio Romo retired the last two batters to lock down his second save and San Francisco's sixth win in seven games.
Zito (5-2) allowed just four hits and two walks, striking out five in another good performance by a Giants starting pitcher. The team also won the first two games of the four-game series behind stellar outings by Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain.
Chicago starter Travis Wood, meanwhile, was an unlucky loser.
Wood (0-2) was perfect through three innings and didn't surrender a hit until the fifth, when the Giants scored their first run. The 25-year-old lefty went seven innings, giving up just three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Both teams had just four hits, but the Cubs saw their road losing streak reach 10 games.
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