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Barry Zitos scoreless streak ends; As beat Angels
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Barry Zito’s spotless spring ended when he gave up three home runs to the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning Tuesday, but the Oakland Athletics also had a big day at the plate in a 13-10 victory.

Zito, trying a comeback after sitting out last season, had thrown 13 scoreless innings in Cactus League play before Collin Cowgill, Kole Calhoun and David Freese went deep for the Angels. Mike Trout also doubled in the four-run third.

“It’s just a bad note to end on because I felt pretty good throwing the ball all spring,” said Zito, who breezed through his first two innings Tuesday.

The left-hander was tagged for eight hits and seven runs in four innings as his spring training ERA climbed from 2.30 to 5.03. Making his sixth appearance and second start, he struck out two and walked one.

Lincecum pitches into 6th in Giants win over Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Lincecum pitched into the sixth inning, Justin Maxwell went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Tuesday in an exhibition game.

Matt Duffy singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save, and Brandon Belt added two hits.

Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer for Colorado. Troy Tulowitzki had two hits, and DJ LeMahieu doubled home a run.

“It looked like a pop fly but he touched it pretty good,” Lincecum said. “The pitch was in but I could have gotten it in further.”

Lincecum allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Colorado left-hander Tyler Matzek gave up two runs and four hits over four innings. He walked two and struck out two.

“It was the first time all spring I felt good moving the ball around,” Matzek said. “I feel ready.”


Maxwell was added to the roster when outfielder Gary Brown, once one of the Giants’ top prospects, was designated for assignment.

The Giants had until Tuesday to add Maxwell to the roster or he could have requested his release.

Maxwell gets a one-year contract worth $1 million. The reserve outfielder can earn an additional $250,000 in incentives; $50,000 each for 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500 plate appearances.

Maxwell is a .224 career hitter with 34 homers and 107 RBIs in 341 games.