You have to feel for the people of India, Ecuador, Turkey and points beyond when they dialed up Twitter on Friday and saw the hashtag #RallyZito trending. One could almost hear a worldwide "huh?"

Giants fans got behind Barry Zito in a way they never had before. They changed their Twitter avatars to Zito photos and pushed that tag the way Anheuser-Busch hawks cheap beer in this town.

Zito rewarded the faithful by delivering the National League Championship Series back to San Francisco. He pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings in a 5-0 Game 5 victory, the fourth potential elimination game the Giants have won in this postseason and the 13th consecutive Zito start that ended triumphantly for his team.

Ryan Vogelsong faces Chris Carpenter at AT&T Park in Game 6 on Sunday, a rematch of the Giants' Game 2 win.

Nearly an hour after Sergio Romo closed the win, Zito sat in the interview room and smiled when asked if he knew how furiously Giants fans rallied behind him on Twitter.

"I tried Twitter a couple of years ago. It was a pretty devastating experience for me," Zito said. "I learned not to check the inbox."

He had gotten a huge whiff of the anger from those who felt he fleeced the Giants out of $126 million. After Friday's win, the man who authorized the big check walked into the clubhouse full of glee, but with no I-told-you-sos.

"He's had his ups and downs as a Giant, and he sure rose to the occasion tonight," former managing general partner Peter Magowan said. "We should all be elated at what he did. He's kept us in the season. We've got a shot at the World Series because of what he did tonight.