SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Zito won in what likely was his final hurrah for San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval backed him with a two-run homer and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Tony Abreu hit a bases-loaded triple to stake Zito to a quick 3-0 lead in the second, then added an RBI double in the sixth as last year's World Series champions put themselves in position for a rare home series victory if they can win Thursday night's rubber game with the NL West champion Dodgers.
Zito departed with little fanfare and nary one last standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 41,377 because he was replaced between innings.
He outpitched Ricky Nolasco (13-11), whose late-September struggles have the Dodgers a bit concerned with the playoffs looming.
The right-hander is 0-2 over his last three outings since getting victories in four consecutive starts and seven straight decisions.