"We like where we're at," Zito said. "This game's obviously bigger because not only is it against our rival in the West, it's the Dodgers, too," Zito said. Zito pitched the NL West-leading Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Sunday night to extend their division lead to 5 ½ games, coming through in among the most important outings of his tenure on this side of the bay. Barry Zito permitted four hits in 6 1/3 innings and Buster Posey homered as the Giants accelerated their drive toward the postseason with a 4-0 victory, their National League-high 13th shutout. The Giants might've had to pitch a shutout to defeat Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers ace who typically blights their bats. Hunter Pence hit a two-run double in the first inning that held up and Buster Posey homered in San Francisco's fifth win in the last six meetings of the rivalry.
Zito stifles Dodgers to give Giants breathing room
Barry Zito pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning, Buster Posey hit a long home run and the Giants took the finale against the Dodgers on Sunday night to open up a 5 1/2-game lead in the NL West.