- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2008

WASHINGTON - Barry Zito earned his second win of the season and Ray Durham finished with four hits, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Washington Nationals 6-3 Sunday.

Aaron Rowand’s bad-hop single gave San Francisco the go-ahead run and capped a four-run fifth inning. Randy Winn hit a two-run single to tie it, and John Bowker’s two-run homer in the seventh sealed the victory. The Giants have won the first three meetings in this four-game series.

Lastings Milledge homered and drove in two runs for Washington, which has lost seven of eight.

Zito (2-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings while walking four and striking out two. The left-hander has won two of his last three decisions after an 0-8 start, and was rocky at times again Sunday. He loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth, but got out of the two jams with just one run allowed.

The Giants’ bullpen made it look much easier, allowing one hit over the final four innings. Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Garrett Mock (0-1) started for the Nationals in his major league debut. Mock, recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, gave up four runs and three walks in 4 1-3 innings.

Washington built a 3-0 lead through the first four innings, but the Giants came back in the fifth.

San Francisco’s first run came when Mock walked Jose Castillo with the bases loaded and one out. Mock was then relieved by Saul Rivera, who promptly gave up Winn’s two-run single.

The next batter, Rowand, hit a grounder toward shortstop Cristian Guzman, but the ball took a bad hop and ricocheted off the top of Guzman’s head nearly all the way to first base, allowing Castillo to score and giving the Giants a 4-3 lead.

Milledge hit a first-inning homer into the Giants’ bullpen in left field, his fourth of the season. He also had a run-scoring single in the third.

In the fourth, Zito got out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam with just one run allowed. Wil Nieves hit a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Boone, but Willie Harris grounded into a double play to end the inning.

In the fifth, Zito intentionally walked Boone with two outs to load the bases, then got Wily Mo Pena to ground out.

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