Barry, Barry, Barry, Barry, Barry: Zito moves to 5-0
MIAMI (AP) – Unbeaten Barry Zito notched another win. Brian Wilson earned a shaky save. Sergio Romo happily settled for a high-five from Zito.
The San Francisco Giants escaped bases-loaded jams in the final two innings Wednesday night to beat the Florida Marlins 3-2.
Zito, off to the best start in his career, improved to 5-0 in six starts.
He took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning before requiring rescue from the bullpen.
Romo, who gave up a three-run homer in the Giants’ 12-inning win Tuesday, rebounded by needing only six pitches to escape a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the eighth.
When Romo reached the jubilant dugout, Zito was among those offering congratulations.
“He was happy for me, especially with what happened Tuesday night,” Romo said, his voice cracking with emotion. “It’s pretty hard to bounce back. It was his way of showing me, ‘You’re a guy we do count on.'”
Wilson gave up a run in the ninth but left runners stranded at the corners for his fifth save in six chances. The narrow escape was a welcome change for the Giants, who improved to 2-5 in one-run games.
“We couldn’t have been in tougher jams,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ve lost some gut-wrenching games. You hope they even out, and now we got a couple back here.”
Aaron Rowand hit his third home run of the season and his second in two nights for the Giants, who won despite going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Nate Robertson (2-3) lost his third decision in a row. He allowed three runs, two earned, in 5 1-3 innings.
That was no match for Zito, who allowed seven hits and one run to lower his ERA to 1.49. He limited the Marlins to three hits before giving up four consecutive scratch singles – including two infield hits – to start the eighth.
When Gaby Sanchez’s RBI single made the score 3-1, Romo replaced Zito. The right-hander struck out Hanley Ramirez on three consecutive sliders, then got Jorge Cantu to ground into a double play.