PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Barry Zito may want to stay home the next time the San Francisco Giants hit the road.
Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young hit two-run homers to back John Lannan, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Giants 7-3 Tuesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Zito (4-8) gave up four runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-7 with a 9.97 ERA on the road.
``I don't feel good about not keeping my team in the game and wearing out the bullpen,' Zito said. ``Not getting through five innings is not very good.'
The Giants last won a road start by Zito in Game 5 of the NLCS last year against St. Louis.
``The team is scuffling right now and I wanted to go out and stop it,' Zito said. ``I lost focus on a couple pitches and didn't make good pitches.'
The defending World Series champion Giants have lost five in a row and eight of nine. They came off a 3-7 homestand that left them last in the NL West.
With Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline approaching and neither team going anywhere, several players could be changing uniforms before the next pitch.
The Giants might consider moving two-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence and lefty Javier Lopez. Pence was traded from Houston to Philadelphia on July 29, 2011. The Phillies sent him to the Giants last July 31.
``I try not to pay much attention to that,' Pence said. ``Just focusing on what I can control. I'm trying to do my best to block it out.'
The possibility that Philadelphia deals Young increased when the team called up third baseman Cody Asche from Triple-A. Manager Charlie Manuel said Asche will be in the lineup Wednesday, so Young will either play first base or move to a contender if he waives his no-trade clause.
Ruiz, All-Star lefty Cliff Lee and closer Jonathan Papelbon also could be traded by the Phillies.
Lannan (3-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.
``We couldn't get the offense going,' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ``That's been the frustrating thing during the stretch. We kept talking about it. We just had to get the bats going. We've tried everything.'
Ruiz gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead in the fourth when he lined a shot just over the left field wall. Ruiz, an All-Star last year, had not homered in 176 at_bats since last Sept. 25 against Washington. He began the year with a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine.
Young connected off Guillermo Moscoso in the seventh to make it 6-2.
Pablo Sandoval drove in San Francisco's first two runs. He had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and his bloop single to right with two outs in the third drove in a run to tie it at 2.
Zito struggled through a 45-pitch first inning, allowing two runs. Delmon Young singled in a run with two outs and John Mayberry Jr. walked with the bases loaded.
``It was a weird one,' Zito said. ``Three of them were just placed. (Chase) Utley's hit was just out of reach.'
NOTES: Reigning NL MVP Buster Posey was scratched from the lineup because of an upset stomach. ``He's washed out,' Bochy said, adding Posey may not play Wednesday. ... The Giants called up OF Roger Kieschnick and INF Brett Pill from Triple-A Fresno. ... Dominic Chianese, who played Uncle Junior on HBO's ``The Sopranos,' sang the national anthem. ... Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77) starts for the Giants vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-7, 3.96) on Wednesday night.
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