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SD@SF: Zito strikes out eight over 5 2/3 solid frames

The Giants lost a game Friday, their seventh in 11 tries. It could've been worse. They almost lost another regular.

Andres Torres departed in the sixth inning after an awkward landing on a slide while trying to stretch a double into a triple left him with a right knee injury.

Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford have all missed time of late, but the Giants are hoping Torres can play Saturday, as the Giants host the Marlins.

"I hit my kneecap and it was really sore," said Torres, whose X-rays were negative. "I'm going to put ice on it. I'm going to see how it feels [Saturday]."

Having lost two straight to Miami, the worst team in the Majors, the Giants turn to Barry Zito, who will be pitching following the death of his father, Joseph, on Wednesday.

The crafty lefty has dominated at AT&T Park this season, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.06 ERA. He's also had the Marlins' number throughout his career, going 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA over eight starts.

"I think we just need to get everything clicking," Zito said this week. "We're pretty banged up right now."

Facing the Giants will be 22-year-old right-hander Jacob Turner, who has sparkled in four Major League starts this season. In 25 innings, he has 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and just one home run allowed as he's undefeated with a 2.16 ERA.

In Turner's last start, a no-decision at Arizona, he gave up two runs in five innings with five strikeouts and three walks.

"I thought he was fine in his last start," manager Mike Redmond said. "Like I've said, when we don't score runs, these starters go out and we base their outings on if they give up more than one or two runs. We've got to be a little bit more realistic and realize these guys are going to give up some runs. We haven't been scoring runs. It makes it to where they have to pitch perfectly.

"I've been real happy with the way he's thrown, and the way he's commanded his pitches."

Giants: A grim reaper in the outfield
There's a chance Crawford could play Saturday, as he's been out of the Giants lineup for three straight games due to a sprained middle and index finger.

But there was no good news to report on Pagan, who was walking gingerly through the Giants' clubhouse Friday after getting carted off the field while aggravating his left hamstring during a rehab assignment the day before.

"He seemed all right. A little down," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I think he's hoping, like the rest of us are, for good news."

Without Pagan and Torres, the Giants could be down to three outfielders in Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez, who has just 10 Major League games under his belt after replacing Torres in the outfield Friday.

Marlins: Cishek holding steady
Closer Steve Cishek allowed two runners to reach scoring position before Buster Posey stepped up as the game-tying run in the ninth inning Friday, but Cishek got the job done.

Cishek is 12-for-14 in save opportunities this season. That's been one consistent part of a last-place Marlins squad.

With a steady closer, the Marlins have fared better in one-run games, going 11-14 this season.

"Lately, it's been working out for us," Cishek said. "We've been able to get that big hit or big stop, or make a big pitch or make a big play. We're hoping we can put it together for the rest of the year, because this is a lot more fun."

Worth noting
• Sandoval went 1-for-3 with a home run while playing five innings at third base in his first rehab assignment game for Class A San Jose on Friday.

• Giants starter Chad Gaudin is optimistic he'll make his next start after getting hit with a line drive Thursday, but Bochy said it's too soon to tell.

• Tim Lincecum hit his second career triple Friday. A career .114 hitter, Lincecum has had a down year at the plate. He's hitting .077. Zito, meanwhile, is hitting .190, a career high. He has two RBIs and could tie a career high with one more.

• Marlins outfield prospect Jake Marisnick is missing a couple of days after being struck on his left hand by a pitch Wednesday night. Marisnick broke the same hand after being hit by a pitch early in Spring Training. An X-ray came back negative, but more will be known on the severity of the injury after the swelling subsides.

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