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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Zito stymies Mets

By Adam Rubin

One night after Tim Lincecum shut out the Mets, Barry Zito nearly duplicated the performance. Zito was pulled after eight scoreless innings. Closer Brian Wilson finished off San Francisco's 1-0 victory against Mets, who have been shut out in three of their past four games spanning the All-Star break.

Zito (8-4) picked up his first win in his last six starts. His 10 strikeouts matched his season high.

“The curveball he has, it looks like he’s kind of coming back and mastering that. I think the other thing about it, too -- when you throw a lot of high fastballs and you flip that curve at the same height and it comes down there for a strike, it can be very tough,” Jerry Manuel said. “… He did a good job. Either he did a good job [or] we made him look good. Something happened. It didn’t go our way.”