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Homers help Red Sox defeat Giants 12-1

  • San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, top, cannot catch the ball after a throwing error by San Francisco Giants pitcher Michael Kickham as Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino (18) runs toward second base during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO— Barry Zito understands how unpredictable a game baseball can be. Making his first start in three weeks only added to the mystery for the Giants left-hander.

Zito failed to get out of the fourth inning and San Francisco lost 12-1 to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

"I was excited to get the ball," Zito said. "Some strange stuff happened out there today. Baseball is a strange game sometimes. The nature of the game is so unpredictable. That's why we all love it and why we all hate it. You never know what you're going to get when you come to the yard."

Zito gave up a two-run home run to Will Middlebrooks with two outs in the second and the pitcher on deck.

"We're not happy about the way we played," Zito said. "It's fundamental baseball. That homer is on my back."


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