San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Giants starter Barry Zito tossed eight brilliant innings to outduel fellow southpaw Jonathon Niese, as San Francisco blanked the light-hitting New York Mets again, 1-0, at AT&T Park.
Zito (8-4) scattered two hits, walked two and matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts. The veteran left-hander picked up his first win since June 12 against Oakland after going 0-2 in his previous five outings.
Tim Lincecum hurled a six-hit shutout on Thursday in the opener of this four- game set.
Niese (6-4), meanwhile, yielded six hits and walked three over seven full frames.
New York was shut out for the third time in its last four games.
The lone run of the game was scored in the fourth. Huff drew a one-out walk and Posey doubled down the right-field line. Pat Burrell then hit a grounder to second baseman Alex Cora, who opted to go home with the throw. However, it was not in time to get Huff.
Zito finished one strikeout shy of his career high...Huff was 3-for-3 at the plate...The Giants have won eight of their last nine games...New York has been held to three or fewer runs in seven straight games (2-5 record)...Posey extended his hitting streak to 10 games...Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (oblique) missed his third straight game...Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez was scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms...New York's Mike Pelfrey will have his scheduled Saturday start pushed back to Monday due to a stiff neck. Hisanori Takahashi will take the place of Pelfrey.