Barry Zito's Giants career hit a new low last week when he was sent to pitch in an extended spring training game. It was the only place the Giants could guarantee that the veteran left-hander wouldn't be knocked out of a game in the early innings.

On a quiet field in Scottsdale, Ariz., Zito pitched six innings, determined to find fixes to mechanical problems that nearly cost him his spot in the rotation.

Zito found what he was looking for. In one of the most pressure-packed outings of his career, he turned in his best performance as a Giant, shutting out the Colorado Rockies 7-0 Monday at Coors Field.

It was Zito's first win since July 7 of last season and his first shutout since April 18, 2003.