Barry Zito's first half was not always pretty, but it was a success.

With a "five and dive" victory Friday night, Zito will go into the break with a winning record at 7-6 and a 4.01 ERA. The team went 9-8 in his starts.

Considering how lost he looked as the Giants finished spring training, his first half must be deemed a positive surprise.

"I'm just fighting every day," Zito said. "I'm not going to back down. I think I have a lot of things to build on and a lot of things to improve on from the first half. I'm going to have a pretty good rest period before my next start. That'll give me an opportunity to work on things."

In 2010, Zito carried the same record into the break with a lower ERA (3.35). His second half was such a disaster (2-8, 5.09) that he was banished from the postseason rosters.

"Yeah, 2010, the second half was really difficult for me," he said. "I didn't have great timing in my delivery. I'm cognizant of that. I'll be ready to go out the first time after the break and keep on battling."