Barry Zito gave up one run in 3 1/3 innings and Juan Uribe broke out of his spring slump by collecting two hits as the Giants returned to their winning ways with a 6-1 win over Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Zito gave up four hits, walked three and struck out two. The five relievers who followed Zito (Tony Pena, Todd Wellemeyer, Jeremy Affeldt, Henry Sosa and Santiago Casilla combined for 52/3 scoreless innings of work and only allowed two hits.
And the Giants needed that pitching, because it was a quiet day for the Giants hitters — at least those who started the game. One bright spot was Juan Uribe, who went 2 for 3 with his second spring home run. Uribe raised his spring average to .185.
But again, the Giant hitters struggled to anything early in the game. The Giants mustered just two hits in four innings of A’s start Brett Anderson.
The Giants were also 4 for 4 on stolen bases, with Darren Ford stealing two and one each by Francisco Peguero and Fred Lewis. All of the stolen bases came late in the game.
Inside the box score
Darren Ford was 2 for 2 with a two runs score and an RBI
Ryan Rohlinger got some much needed offensive production, going 2 for 2 with a run and two RBI. He’s now hitting .161 for the spring.
Bengie Molina was 1 for 3
Aubrey Huff was 1 for 3
Nate Schierholtz was 1 for 3 with a double, run scored and RBI.
Buster Posey, starting at DH, had his first unproductive day in a while, going 0 for 4.
The Giants (11-6) get their first — and only — scheduled day off of the spring on Thursday. They’ll return to action Friday against the Indians in Scottsdale. Jonathan Sanchez will take to the mound.