Barry Zito shook off the worst outing of his big league career to give the Giants another impressive effort from their starting rotation.
Buster Posey’s first home run of the season made sure it held up.
Zito and Chad Gaudin combined on a six-hitter and San Francisco beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Zito (3-1) bounced back five days after getting shelled by the Milwaukee Brewers when he failed to make it out of the third inning.
He allowed five hits in seven innings against the Padres, struck out four, walked one and did not give up run for the third time in four starts.
“If you let outings bleed into the next one, that’s when things kind of go bad, so you just have to stick with your approach,” Zito said after beating San Diego for the first time in nearly two years. “I felt pretty good in my game and the results weren’t there last [time]. I felt pretty good today and the results were there. That’s just the nature of the game.”
Zito’s outing followed solid outings by San Francisco starters Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum, and helped the Giants sweep the Padres in a series of three games or more for the first time since Sept. 12- Sept. 14, 2011.
San Diego, held scoreless for the last 21 innings, had opened their six-game trip by taking three straight from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Zito retired 13 of his final 16 batters, before leaving to a standing ovation. He had given up nine runs in 2-2/3 innings during a 10-8 defeat at Milwaukee on Tuesday last week, ending his streak of 16 starts without a loss.
Elsewhere in the National League, Cincinnati won for the sixth time in seven games with a 10-6 victory over Miami, the Mets beat Washington 2-0, Pittsburgh had a 4-2 win over Atlanta, Milwaukee beat the Cubs 4-2, Arizona edged Colorado 5-4 and Philadelphia beat St. Louis 7-3.
In the American League, Toronto beat the Yankees 8-4, Kansas City swept a double-header against Boston, the Dodgers beat Baltimore 7-4, Cleveland edged Houston 5-4, Texas thrashed Seattle 11-3, the LA Angles held off Detroit 4-3 in 13 innings, Tampa Bay routed Oakland 8-1 and Minnesota beat the White Sox 5-3.
At Milwaukee, the Brewers won their seventh straight game after Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in the fifth then was ejected three innings later.
The Brewers are 18-2 over the past 20 meetings with the Cubs at Miller Park.
At Anaheim, Mark Trumbo homered leading off the bottom of the 13th inning and Albert Pujols doubled home two runs, lifting the Angels to their second straight series sweep of the Tigers.