Bochy also tried to maintain perspective: "You have to know the situation. If you go back six weeks, we were six games out. We're a game up with [one] to go. That's a pretty good situation."The Giants faced a pretty bad situation almost immediately for the second consecutive game. They trailed, 4-0, after four innings, as Zito (9-14) lasted one batter into the fourth. Zito labored through a 33-pitch first inning while generating a pair of runs for San Diego. He issued back-to-back walks on full-count pitches to Yorvit Torrealba and Scott Hairston with the bases loaded and two outs. "What we wanted to do with Zito was get his pitch count up," Padres second baseman David Eckstein said. "And since his breaking pitches are so good, we knew that we had to make him throw strikes." Third baseman Pablo Sandoval's throwing error, a wild throw to second base after he dived to field Hairston's one-hop smash, helped the Padres add a third-inning run. That 3-0 lead proved to be sufficient, because Giants hitters entered the state of suspended animation that San Diego's pitching typically forces upon them. The Giants, who have scored three or fewer runs in 13 of 17 games against San Diego this season, hit only two balls out of the infield against right-hander Tim Stauffer (6-5) through the first six innings. The lone hit Stauffer allowed in that span was Mike Fontenot's first-inning dribbler off his glove. Stauffer lapsed with one out in the seventh, when Juan Uribe lofted his career-high 24th home run into the left-field seats. Facing Padres closer Heath Bell in the ninth, the Giants brought the potential winning run to the plate as Pat Burrell doubled, Uribe blooped a double and Sandoval hit an RBI single. But pinch-hitter Jose Guillen grounded into a game-ending double play. "Maybe we were putting too much pressure on ourselves early on and not chipping away," outfielder Cody Ross said. "It seems like we're waiting until the last couple of innings to try to get something going. You can't do that with these guys. They have a really good pitching staff, and when they score, we have to answer. We're not doing that right now." But Sunday's another day. "We still like our chances," the irrepressible Romo said. "We're solid. Watch out, because we want it, too."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.