Zito loses again on the road, 10-1 to Padres

Barry Zito had another road misadventure, forcing the San

Francisco Giants to be happy with winning three of four games

against the last-place San Diego Padres.

Carlos Quentin hit one of San Diego’s four home runs and drove

in three runs as the Padres routed Zito and the San Francisco

Giants 10-1 on Sunday, a day after being no-hit by Tim

Lincecum.

Nick Hundley had a homer among his three hits and Chris Denorfia

and Will Venable also went deep as the Padres avoided a four-game

sweep by the defending World Series champions heading into the

All-Star break.

The Padres had been outscored 23-3 in the first three games of

the series, including a 9-0 loss Saturday night when Lincecum threw

his first career no-hitter. San Diego won for just the fourth time

in 20 games.

Zito (4-7), who went to high school in San Diego, was chased

without getting an out in the third inning and dropped to 0-6 with

a 9.89 ERA in eight road starts. The Giants are 0-8 in his road

starts. He allowed four runs and four hits while walking two and

striking out none.

”He was off, no getting around it,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

”He had trouble hitting his spots. Three home runs, you get short

at that point, particularly when you have a full bullpen and you’re

off for four days. I try to look at it, hey, it’s a good series,

the boys did well down here.

”This series put us back on course. Hopefully this is how we’ll

play when we come out of this break.”

The defending World Series champion Giants came into this series

in a free-fall, having lost four straight games and 19 of 24.

Zito gave up San Diego’s first three homers. Denorfia hit a solo

shot an estimated 417 feet into the second deck in left field with

one out in the first while Hundley and Venable connected

back-to-back with two outs in the second. It was the third time the

Padres hit consecutive homers this season.

”My concentration wasn’t where it should be,’ said Zito, who

wasn’t upset with the early hook. ”I knew our bullpen was fresh

and Boch has done that before. That’s his style if the starter

doesn’t have a feel for the game. I support his decision. I have to

be better out there. I have to have my concentration where it

should be.”

It was Denorfia’s seventh, Hundley’s sixth and Venable’s

11th.

Quentin’s two-run homer with two outs in the fifth hit the

balcony on the second level of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick

warehouse in the left-field corner. It was his 12th and came off

George Kontos. Everth Cabrera was aboard on a walk.

Quentin also hit an RBI double in the four-run third. Hundley

and Venable hit consecutive RBI singles that inning.

San Diego lefty Eric Stults (8-7) allowed one run and five hits

in six innings, struck out five and walked two.

All-Star Marco Scutaro singled in San Francisco’s only run, in

the first.

NOTES: The cap Lincecum wore in his no-hitter is on its way to

the Hall of Fame. Giants officials will probably also send a ball

from the game. … Giants closer Sergio Romo was added to the NL

All-Star team by his manager, Bruce Bochy. He’ll join teammates

Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner and Scutaro at New York’s Citi

Field on Tuesday night. … San Diego’s lone representative is

Cabrera.