PHOENIX -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy knew where the question was headed, and he wanted no part of it. A 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks kept the Giants' National League West lead at 7½ games with just 17 to play, but when asked Saturday night, Bochy still refused to give any public thoughts on postseason positions or roster spots.
"Right now our focus is on winning games and getting there," Bochy said. "I'll be glad to answer those questions then."
Some of the potential decisions get more complicated by the game. Barry Zito, left off the postseason roster in 2010, continued his late-season surge, throwing 62/3 innings and giving up just one run. In his past two starts, Zito has allowed just one run over 13 innings.
The Giants haven't lost with Zito on the mound since Aug. 2, a span of eight starts.
"It's great to be out there and be a part of the win, regardless of how you get it," Zito said. "It's about team stats as we come down the line."
Angel Pagan got the Giants off to a quick start and broke a team record in the process. Pagan led off the game with his 13th triple, breaking the franchise's San Francisco-era record that had previously been held by Willie Mays and Steve Finley.
"That's my game and has been my game my whole career," Pagan said. "At first I was just more excited that I was on third with nobody out. I scored, and now I can celebrate."
Coincidentally, Finley was at the
"It was more Willie Mays' record than mine," he said. "I think (AT&T Park) is a triples ballpark. You can get it in that (right-center field) gap or hit it down the right field line."
Finley said he wasn't surprised Pagan was the one who broke the record.
"He's always been one of the guys where you wonder why he hasn't broken out yet," Finley said. "If you play a long time and you have the tools to figure it out, you'll figure it out. He's always had all the tools. You get comfortable and your confidence builds and you're off to the races."
Pagan got the Giants off to the races after he scored on Marco Scutaro's groundout moments after his triple. Buster Posey made it 3-1 in the fifth inning with a homer to right field, his 22nd of the season.
On a night when Pagan set a triples record, Posey ended up a triple shy of the cycle.
"A triple short is not real close (to the cycle) for me," he joked.
The homer staked Zito to a two-run lead, and he made it hold up while winning his 12th game, his highest total since 2006, his last season with the A's.
The left-hander showed off some of his best stuff of the season while avenging Justin Upton's fourth-inning homer that had tied the game. When Upton came up again in the sixth, Zito got ahead with an 82 mph fastball and an 80 mph cutter, then froze Upton with a rare 86 mph fastball.
"That's all about his confidence," catcher Hector Sanchez said. "We thought Upton was probably looking for off-speed pitches, we wanted to go hard inside."
Within the clubhouse, Sanchez is lauded for his growing confidence, as well. He showed why in the ninth inning, throwing a strike from his knees to nail former Triple-A Fresno teammate Tyler Graham as he tried to steal second base with no outs and the Diamondbacks trailing by one.
"That's about as good as it gets," Posey said of his backup's throw. "From the knees with the zip he had on it — it was right on the money. It doesn't get much better."
Bochy felt that way about his entire team, calling it one of the best team victories of the season. Three relief pitchers backed Zito, and shortstop Brandon Crawford ended the night with a strong play.
The victory clinched another road series win for the Giants, who have gone 9-0-1 in road series since the All-Star break. It's the first time the Giants have gone at least 10 road series without a losing series since 1968.
"What's been nice is seeing on this road trip that the guys are continuing to go out and play with fire," Posey said. "I don't think anyone is taking anything for granted."
"Since he got some rest there, he's bounced back and thrown well," Bochy said. "He got another big out for us (in the seventh). He's got his confidence back and his stuff back."
Sergio Romo picked up four outs to get his 11th save.
"Our bullpen has just been outstanding," Zito said. "Bochy uses them all so well. Every guy down there is ready, and it's just been awesome to see what they're doing."