Zito tagged with third spring loss

Zito on short end of third spring start

ROYALS 15, GIANTS 6
at Surprise, Ariz.
Monday, March 10

Giants at the plate: Justin Leone had a two-run homer, an RBI double and is 8-for-14 (.571). Eugenio Velez got his team-high 11th hit, a triple. Randy Winn had two doubles and a RBI.

Royals at the plate: Non-roster outfielder Damon Hollins had five RBIs with a three-run double and two RBI singles in three at-bats. Ryan Shealy cracked his third homer, the team high, to lead off the fifth. Jose Guillen, in his second game, got his first hit -- a solid RBI single with the bases loaded. Mark Teahen banged his second home run. Jason Smith and Alberto Callaspo each had two hits.

Giants on the mound: Left-hander Barry Zito, the Opening Day starter, worked 3 2/3 innings and was charged with eight runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks. Tyler Walker relieved Zito and gave up a three-run double to Hollins.

Royals on the mound: Starter Hideo Nomo surrendered four hits and two runs in three innings. Closer Joakim Soria pitched two shutout innings for the second straight outing. Joel Peralta gave up a triple and a home run back-to-back in his two innings.

Cactus League records: Giants 3-10, Royals 6-6.

Up next: The Giants will be at Maryville Baseball Park to play the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:05 p.m. PT on Tuesday. Matt Cain will start for the Giants against Ben Sheets.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.