SAN DIEGO (AP) -When
failed to do the job, the
San Francisco Giants
relied on their bullpen to come through.
Zito was well on his way to a major-league high 17th loss before the bullpen shut down the Padres with 6 1-3 scoreless innings
and the Giants came back from a four-run deficit for an 8-6 win in 10 innings on Sunday.
''It's a great win when you are down by four and come back to win,'' Giants manager
said. ''That game was won for us by the bullpen.''
The six San Francisco relievers who followed Zito combined to allow just three hits, although they did walk five batters.
''You never know what's going to happen in a game,'' said closer
, who got three outs for his 39th save in 43 chances. ''All you can do it hold the other team down and hopefully, your guys
can come up with enough runs to make a difference.''
San Francisco has won nine of 11.
The Padres (57-93) remained one-half game ahead of the Nationals for the worst record in the majors. The clubs play a three-game
series next weekend in Washington.
scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 10th.
Sandoval led off the 10th with a double against rookie
(0-2), the Padres' eighth pitcher. Sandoval went to third on
's single to left, and scored when Hayhurst bounced a curveball in the dirt that got away from catcher
walked on the wild pitch, and Hayhurst was replaced by
. The right-hander walked another to load the bases and then walked pinch hitter
to force in another run.
''He's definitely talented,'' Hayhurst said about Sandoval. ''I know he can hit and he's been hot lately. You've to make your
pitches and execute well to get a guy like him out.''
Zito has struggled for the second straight season after signing a seven-year, free-agent deal with San Francisco before the
2007 season. Zito was well on his way to a major-league high 17th loss, when the bullpen shut down the Padres and the offense
came back from a 6-2 deficit for the win.
(2-1) pitched the ninth inning for the win.
''It was just one of those days,'' Zito said. ''Fortunately, the guys in the pen picked me up.''
Zito was touched for six runs - five earned - and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked five, including three in San Diego's
four-run second inning, threw a wild pitch and left trailing 6-2.
''I didn't feel good out there in the second inning,'' Zito said. ''Rhythm wise I was out of whack.''
Only one of the Padres' 10 batters who walked ended up scoring.
San Diego missed a chance to go ahead in the eighth when left fielder
at home on a one-hop strike after
's one-out single. Rodriguez was blocked off the plate by Sandoval.
gave up consecutive walks to
to load the bases,
struck out for the third time.
''I thought to myself that I have to block the plate so he cannot score,'' said Sandoval, who played the game with the flu.
San Francisco came back to tie the game at 6 with four runs in the sixth off
on five consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly.
''Cla had a rough outing,'' Padres manager
said. ''Hayhurst ran into a pretty hot hitter. It looked as though he had (Sandoval) struck out, but he didn't get the call.''
Ishikawa had three hits for the Giants.
Cha Seung Baek
left the game with a strained right triceps muscle in the second inning. He allowed one run and two hits with two walks.
Zito, who is tied with Cincinnati's
for most losses in the majors at 16, also leads the majors in walks (97), and tops the NL in runs allowed (111) and earned
runs allowed (100).
Notes: Zito made his 30th start for the eighth consecutive season, one of five pitchers to reach the mark for each of the
last eight years. ... The Padres drew a season-high 10 walks. ... The loudest cheers were reserved for those fans in suites
who were watching the fourth quarter of the San Diego Chargers game at the Denver Broncos. ... Baek has struggled at home,
going 1-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 12 appearances, including 11 starts.