An ugly road trip continued for the San Francisco Giants on Friday night in Colorado, as the scuffling Rockies, behind Jhoulys Chacin’s eight shutout innings, beat the Giants 4-1.
Barry Zito’s troubles away from AT&T Park also continued. The lefty allowed 10 hits over 5.1 taxing innings, and he ultimately surrendered four runs. He’s been much worse on the road, however.
Zito allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in the first three innings, and in each inning, the Rockies put a dent in the scoreboard. DJ LeMahieu singled to lead off the first, and Carlos Gonzalez shortly drove him in after he stole second.
Zito surrendered another lead off single in the third, and the Rockies erupted. Michael Cuddyer extended his hit streak with a two-run blast. Wilin Rosario followed Cuddyer with a blast of his own, a ball that barely scraped over the left field wall.
Despite yielding some hard contact, Zito pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings.
Meanwhile, Chacin had his best start of the year. He threw 22-of-29 first-pitch strikes, mixing his sinker and slider while locating his fastball on the corners. From the fourth inning on, Chacin surrendered just one hit, a Buster Posey double. Pablo Sandoval followed with a walk, but Chacin struck out Hunter Pence and got Brandon Belt to ground out sharply to second base.
Posey homered in the ninth off Rex Brothers, Colorado’s dominant left hander. Otherwise, the Giants’ offense was silent.
Zito is now 0-3 over his last five starts, and the Giants’ losing streak is now up to five games.