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COL@SF: Zito throws seven scoreless for win No. 2

Barry Zito is looking to continue his historic start on a historic day in baseball.

The Giants left-hander takes the mound Tuesday night at Miller Park, where the Brewers and Giants will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in Milwaukee.

In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.

Zito has opened the season by tossing two seven-inning gems -- both scoreless -- making him the first Giants pitcher to throw seven shutout innings in each of his first two starts to a season since Al Worthington in July 1953.

"You can't have more confidence than what Barry has right now," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the lefty's last start.

Zito will face a Brewers offense that broke a 32-inning scoreless streak in Sunday's 4-3 win against the Cardinals in 10 innings. Milwaukee has struggled to field a deep lineup thus far, as its top three hitters are batting .336, compared to a .206 mark for the rest of the batting order.

Milwaukee's biggest concern is trying to find an answer in the cleanup spot, where second baseman Rickie Weeks currently resides in place of Aramis Ramirez, who was placed on the disabled list on April 6.

"Rickie is still scary," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "You get people on base, you make a mistake and he's going to hurt you."

Giants: Great eights

Shortstop Brandon Crawford and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have each hit safely in their last eight games. Crawford is batting .360 in that stretch while Sandoval is hitting at a .333 clip.

Second baseman Marco Scutaro also is hot, and has hits in 11 of his last 25 at-bats after beginning the season 2-for-23.

• The Giants won three of four games in Chicago over the weekend for the first time since Aug. 24-26, 1999.

Brewers: Peralta takes ball

Young right-hander Wily Peralta makes his third start of the year Tuesday against the Giants. The 23-year-old is still searching for his first win of the season. He pitched well in his last outing against the Cubs, allowing three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings, for his first quality start of the season.

Worth noting

• Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is 5-for-14 with three home runs, a triple and a double against Zito, who has a 5.91 ERA in nine career starts against Milwaukee.

• San Francisco has grounded into 15 double plays in its first 13 games.

• The Giants are hitting .344 with runners in scoring position in their last eight games. Comments