GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Barry Zito has heard the doubters who question whether he can still pitch. He took a step toward proving he can, striking out two in three innings as a split squad of San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Friday night.

The left-hander gave up one earned run on two hits and walked one in his second spring start, two days after manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Zito remains the team’s No. 4 starter.

Thomas Neal and Buster Posey homered for the Giants, who earned their Cactus League-leading sixth victory on a 75-degree night at Camelback Ranch, where 11,261 fans poured in to see the World Series champions take on their California rivals.

The Giants open the season at Dodger Stadium on March 31.

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