Rough second outing for Zito in loss

Rough second outing for Zito in loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants closed their opening week the way it started, with a smothering of their star pitcher by a Southern California team under a brilliant blue sky and a packed crowd.

One difference, however, was they ended without a manager.

Manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the ninth inning of the Giants' 10-4 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday at AT&T Park. The Dodgers completed the three-game sweep holding the Giants to one home run from Pedro Feliz and six runs total while collecting 16 against the Giants' pitching.

Bochy was tossed out of the game after contesting a fair-ball call on the right-field line that resulted in a double off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth inning.

Starting pitcher Barry Zito collected his second loss. The left-hander threw 65 strikes on 100 pitches, but allowed nine hits, eight runs and one home run. It was Zito's first allowed home run of the season and came in the fourth inning on a 3-2 fastball inside to Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez's solo shot over right field put the Dodgers up, 2-1.

Gonzalez did it again to Brad Hennessey in the seventh, this time with two runners on. It was Gonzalez's 26th multiple home run game.

But before Zito left and Hennessey took over, the Dodgers collected four runs in the sixth inning off Zito with singles from Jeff Kent, Gonzalez and Matt Kemp, and Wilson Valdez tacked on a two-run triple.

After the game, Zito was focused on his performance and wasn't looking to a lack of offense for an excuse.

"You've got to focus on doing your job and keeping the team in the game," Zito said. "If you start to take on the burdens of the offense ... it's not going to go as planned."

Focusing on his own job, Zito said that some of his pitches were high, and he will be focusing on a later release to correct the problem.

"I don't need to come out and start from scratch. I just need to make a couple small adjustments," Zito said.

Zito is 0-2 with a 8.18 ERA and will make his next start Saturday against the Pirates. San Francisco's collective rotation hasn't made it out of the first inning without letting a baserunner on all week.

The Giants looked like they had something going offensively in the second inning when Feliz singled and Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf walked two, loading the bases with none out, but the Giants couldn't capitalize. Zito struck out and Omar Vizquel hit into a double play.

"We let Wolf off the hook there," Bochy said. "We ran his pitch count up pretty good there the first couple innings. We just couldn't put him away."

The only effective offense the Giants produced in the early innings was an RBI single from Barry Bonds that brought home Rich Aurilia in the first inning.

The rest of the Giants' lineup didn't come alive until the seventh when Feliz walloped a two-run homer over center field off Chad Billingsley. In the eighth, Ray Durham contributed a double and then came home on a single from Ryan Klesko. Durham is now batting .350, second on the Giants' roster only to Todd Linden, who is batting .500.

"The bats did come to life there, and that's a good sign and hopefully we can carry that into the road trip," Bochy said.

The Giants, who head to San Diego with a record of 1-5, ended their opening week with a sweep from the Dodgers, who now have won their last eight games at AT&T Park. The Giants have only dropped five of their first six games twice since moving to San Francisco, once in 1967 and again in '80.

"Sometimes you get like this and you have to grind your way out of it," Bochy said.

Becky Regan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.