SF’s Zito struggles in defeat

PHOENIX -- Doug Davis appears to be running out of gas. Fortunately for Arizona, San Francisco's Barry Zito was even worse.

SF's Zito struggles in defeat

Zito allowed five runs and was lifted after the first four men reached in the fifth inning as Arizona went on to defeat San Francisco 6-4 on Wednesday night.

It was another awful outing in a disappointing season for Zito, who signed a pitcher-record $126 million, seven-year deal last winter. Zito hasn't won since Aug. 17, and he's 3-8 since June 4.

"I just didn't have much out there tonight," Zito said. "Instead of being loose out there, I was trying to be too fine."

There was plenty of drama in the ninth as Arizona closer Jose Valverde pitched out of a jam of his own making. Valverde gave up singles to Nate Schierholtz and Rajai Davis to open the ninth. But he got Bengie Molina to fly to center with runners on second and third to pick up his major league-leading 46th save in 53 chances.

Davis has been a stalwart in Arizona's rotation in the second half of the season, but he has failed to go five innings in his last three starts.

Wednesday night he gave up four runs and nine hits in 4º innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

"It was a poor outing," Davis said. "My teammates picked me up. We won the ballgame. That's all that matters in the end."