SAN DIEGO (AP) -
gave up three hits in a season-high eight innings to outpitch
and lead the
San Francisco Giants
to a 2-0 win over the
San Diego Padres
on Saturday night.
Zito (6-13) won the matchup of former Cy Young Award winners and avoided setting a career high for losses in a season.
There was little to choose from between Zito, who won the AL
in 2002 and leads the majors in losses, and Peavy (8-7), last year's NL award winner. Each pitcher allowed just two hits through
the first six innings.
But the Giants struck in the seventh after a one-out single by
, who then stole second base.
followed with a slow grounder to right field that scored Lewis with the game's first run.
Zito struck out five and walked four, and
pitched a perfect ninth for his 30th save in 32 chances.
Peavy gave up one run on five hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out seven, walked one and hit one batter. Peavy
lowered his ERA to 2.59 to overtake Arizona's
(2.62) for the NL lead. Peavy also lowered his home ERA to 1.43, best in the majors.
Zito longest previous outing this season was seven innings in a 5-2 win over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
on July 5.
added an RBI single of
in the ninth for the Giants.
The low-scoring game was not a surprise considering that only Washington has scored fewer runs in the majors than both San
Diego and San Francisco.
Each team had only runner reach second base through five innings. The Padres had first and second with two outs in the first
after a walk to
, but Zito got
to ground into a force play.
Peavy got an assist from second baseman
, who fielded Peavy's throw at first base on Zito's sacrifice bunt in the third. Iguchi then threw out Burriss, who was trying
to advance from first base on the bunt.
Zito faced his only serious challenge in the sixth when the Padres loaded the bases with two outs.
reached with one out when third baseman
booted a ground ball.
blooped a double down the right-field line with two outs. After Zito fell behind in the count to
, he issued an intentional walk. But Kouzmanoff flew out on the first pitch to end the inning.
Peavy was scheduled to pitch on Friday, but was given an extra day of rest after throwing 127 pitches in his last outing,
a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on July 27.
Notes: Zito also lost 13 games with Oakland in 2005 (14-13) and last season with the Giants (11-13). ... Peavy has allowed
more than three earned runs only once in 10 starts since coming off the DL on June 12. ... Iguchi made his first start after
missing 47 games with a separated shoulder that put him on the 15-DL on June 6. ... Giants have won seven of 10 against San
Diego this season after losing 14 of 18 last year.