Barry Zito far from perfect as Giants fall to Astros 

click to enlarge Giants left-hander Barry Zito surrendered a grand slam en route to losing for the third time in his last five decisions. - THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Giants left-hander Barry Zito surrendered a grand slam en route to losing for the third time in his last five decisions.

After two losses, including being on the wrong end of a perfect game, J.D. Martinez’s fourth-inning grand slam lifted the Houston Astros to a 6-3 win over the Giants on Thursday afternoon.

Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) had a quality start for the Astros, pitching six innings, allowing six hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out three for the win.

Matt Downs, a one-time Giant who was drafted by San Francisco in 2006, also homered, and Justin Maxwell had an RBI single in the eighth for insurance.

Barry Zito (5-4) surrendered five runs on five hits in five innings and has lost three of his last five starts.

“Outside of that one inning, I felt like I was locating decent, but that one inning things got away,” Zito said. “I can improve on a lot of things.”

Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for the Giants; he has homered in each of the three games in this series.

There was no suspense that history would be made a little more than 12 hours after Matt Cain’s perfect game, the first for the Giants franchise. Jose Altuve singled to left on the second pitch of the game.

“You can’t [think about the no-hitter]. Just go out there and make your pitches and that’s what Matty did yesterday, Zito said. “Make your pitches and things happen after that out of your control so that’s what I was focusing on today.”

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