Zito, Giants avoid sweep, beat Braves

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ATLANTA (AP) - Barry Zito gave up only three hits in seven
innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on
Thursday to avoid a four-game sweep.

The Giants improved to 2-5 on their 10-game road trip while the
Braves, who had a four-game winning streak end, finished a 6-2
homestand. They were denied their first four-game sweep of the
Giants in Atlanta.

Zito (6-10) walked five batters but gave up only one run on
Yunel Escobar's second-inning homer, and San Francisco scored four
unearned runs in the eighth to break up a 1-1 tie.

Reliever Peter Moylan and right fielder Ryan Church committed
throwing errors in the inning, which began with left-hander Mike
Gonzalez leaving the game with an injury.