|New York Mets (51-54) at San Francisco Giants (56-48)||3:45 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|C. Young (R)||10||2-5||4.58||5.1||2-3||5.70||7/28||@ARI||L||4.0||7||6||0-2||17.0||5.29|
|B. Zito (L)||20||8-7||3.89||6.0||4-4||3.41||7/28||LAD||L||5.1||7||4||1-1||19.1||3.26|
The Giants ended a five-game losing streak by evening this series on Tuesday, but dropped a 2-1 decision last night. Matt Cain was saddled with the loss and gave up two runs early in the game, lasting five innings to fall to 10-4 on the year.
"It's a tough one to lose because we dodged bullets all night," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't do much with the bats or created a lot of chances either."
Buster Posey's home run in the sixth inning was all the offense San Francisco could produce. The club still owns a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West standings. Hunter Pence, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Giants debut.
San Francisco will kick off a seven-game road trip this weekend against Colorado and St. Louis, and is slated to send Barry Zito to the mound today. Zito had won three of his past four decisions until the Dodgers landed on the schedule Saturday in a 10-0 loss. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 frames of a 10-0 setback, falling to 8-7 in 20 starts and raising his ERA to 3.89.
Zito, a left-hander and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland, did not factor in the outcome of a 4-3 win at New York on April 20, when he tossed five innings of two-run ball. Zito, who sports a 4-4 mark in 10 home starts this season, is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.