SF, Zito end year on high note

LOS ANGELES -- For one of the few times this season, Barry Zito pitched like a $126 million man. He hopes the performance gives him something to build on for next year.

Zito allowed two runs in eight innings, light-hitting Omar Vizquel homered, and the San Francisco Giants completed their worst season in 11 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-2 Sunday.

"He finished on a great note. He threw great," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's nice to end a difficult season with a win."

Zito (11-13), who signed a $126 million, seven-year contract last winter, had a disappointing first season with the Giants. But he was on his game in the finale, retiring 18 of 20 batters in the first six innings while his teammates built a 9-0 lead.

"It's just important for me always to compete," he said. "A lot of guys were dying to get out of here. I was taking it as seriously as any other start. I'll just take this into my offseason and come out ready to go next year.

"We have a lot to build on. It's good we can get out of here on a good note at the end of a disappointing season."

The Dodgers know all about disappointment. Preseason favorites to win the NL West, they lost 11 of their last 14 to fall out of contention.