San Diego Padres beat Zito, San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Barry Zito’s career-best start for San Francisco ended Tuesday night when he allowed David Eckstein’s two-run single and walked a season-high seven batters in the Giants’ 3-2 loss to the first-place San Diego Padres.
Ryan Webb (1-1) went 1 1-3 innings to earn the win for the Padres, who extended their lead over the Giants in the NL West to 1 1/2 games.
Yorvit Torrealba also drove in a run for San Diego, which is without two key pitchers for unforeseen circumstances: starter Kevin Correia following the death of his younger brother in a hiking accident Saturday, and Tim Stauffer after he underwent an emergency appendectomy Tuesday morning.
Zito (5-1) couldn’t command his fastball and his pitch count increased in a hurry.