Barry Zito pitched strong into the 8th inning, and with a little help from the bullpen improved his record to a career best 5-0 to start the year. The much maligned lefty continued a stretch that has seen him lower his ERA to a paltry 1.49. The Giants took a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the 8th, but Zito loaded the bases with no outs after giving up a walk and two softly hit singles. Sergio Romo came in and escaped with giving up just one run and Brian Wilson closed it out with an all to familier dramatic 9th.
Aaron Rowand provied power with an opposite field solo shot in the 6th to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. Rowand hit the tying home run in the 9th of last nights game.
Wilson gave up a run in the ninth but left runners stranded at the corners for his fifth save in six chances. The narrow escape was a welcome change for the Giants, who improved to 2-5 in one-run games.
Zito struck out four, walked one and improved to 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA in four career starts in Miami. He ranks among the NL leaders this season in victories and ERA.
San Francisco will go for the series sweep on Thursday. Matt Cain (1-1) will take the hill vs. Ricky Nolasco (2-1).