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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Giants stay hot, shut out Marlins

Barry Zito pitches 81/3 scoreless innings and Juan Uribe homers in San Francisco's 3-0 victory.

July 08, 2009|Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Zito pitched into the ninth inning in his best start of the season, Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants made it four wins in five games with a 3-0 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

Zito was close to his 11th career complete game and second this season, but Manager Bruce Bochy pulled him for Sergio Romo after Wes Helms' one-out single on the left-hander's 107th pitch.

Zito (5-8), who entered his 17th start with the lowest run support in the majors at 2.80, outpitched All-Star Josh Johnson (7-2). He yielded four hits, struck out six, walked one and reached the eight-inning mark for only the second time this season.

The Giants stayed seven games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

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