SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Zito turned a rough spring into a promising season in one outing.
The former Cy Young Award winner, in the second year of a $126 million, seven-year contract with San Francisco, did not allow a run in his final appearance in the desert. The Giants beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Friday.
"It was a good result but I'm not going to sit here and pat myself on the back for it," Zito said after throwing 96 pitches in 5º innings. "Tomorrow I'm going to forget about today. I have things to work on in my bullpen to get ready for my next start."
Zito, who gave up two hits, walked three and struck out four, faces the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Fresno on Wednesday. He would have finished the sixth had it not been for Eugenio Velez's fielding error.
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"It's always good to have something to base your confidence on rather than just have it," Zito said. "I took advantage of spring in the first four starts, doing my own thing. The last two I want to go out like I would pitch during the season. Today was more based on getting into the competition."
The strikeouts were Zito's first of the spring, a stat of which he was aware but was unconcerned.
ROCKIES 7, CUBS 3, at Tucson, Ariz. -- Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored to raise his spring average to .324 in Colorado's win over Chicago. The former Modesto Nut now has three doubles -- all off the wall -- and a home run in his last two games.