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Giants' Zito strikes out 5 Mariners in a row

March 20. 2013 1:39AM
Associated Press

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(AP) San Francisco's Barry Zito looked as if he was in regular-season form and Seattle pitcher Brandon Maurer stayed in contention for a rotation spot as the Mariners beat the Giants 6-3 Tuesday.

Zito threw struck out five straight over the first and second innings and gave up two runs and five hits in five innings. Zito struck out seven overall.

Maurer, a 22-year-old with no experience above Double-A, held San Francisco to a run on three hits in five innings. He also struck out four without walking a batter.

Maurer is competing with Jon Garland, Jeremy Bonderman, Erasmo Ramirez and Blake Beavan for one of two rotation slots.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and scored a run.

Associated Press

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