San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Giants starter Barry Zito tossed eight brilliant innings to outduel fellow southpaw Jonathon Niese, as San Francisco blanked the light-hitting New York Mets again, 1-0, at AT&T Park.
Zito (8-4) scattered two hits, walked two and matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts. The veteran left-hander picked up his first win since June 12 against Oakland after going 0-2 in his previous five outings.
Brian Wilson pitched around a two-out single by David Wright in the ninth to earn his 24th save of the season.
“These are the type of games you have to win if you think you’re a contender,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Tim Lincecum hurled a six-hit shutout on Thursday in the opener of this four- game set.
Niese (6-4), meanwhile, yielded six hits and walked three over seven full frames.
New York was shut out for the third time in its last four games.
“We have to be a little bit more consistent offensively,” said Mets manager Jerry Manuel. “We got a good pitching performance from Jon Niese and we played good defense.”
San Francisco was threatening in the first inning, but rookie Buster Posey grounded into a double play after Niese gave up a one-out double to Edgar Renteria and a single to Aubrey Huff.
The lone run of the game was scored in the fourth. Huff drew a one-out walk and Posey doubled down the right-field line. Pat Burrell then hit a grounder to second baseman Alex Cora, who opted to go home with the throw. However, it was not in time to get Huff.
Niese fanned Juan Uribe and retired Pablo Sandoval on a line out to keep the damage at one run.
Zito gave up a two-out double to Carlos Beltran in the seventh, but Jeff Francoeur popped up to first baseman Huff in foul territory to end the inning.
Zito finished one strikeout shy of his career high…Huff was 3-for-3 at the plate…The Giants have won eight of their last nine games…New York has been held to three or fewer runs in seven straight games (2-5 record)…Posey extended his hitting streak to 10 games…Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (oblique) missed his third straight game…Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez was scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms…New York’s Mike Pelfrey will have his scheduled Saturday start pushed back to Monday due to a stiff neck. Hisanori Takahashi will take the place of Pelfrey.