Worley (7-1) had five strikeouts and one walk, and has allowed two earned runs or less in 11 of his 13 career starts. It was Worley’s fifth straight win and first career complete game.
“He did a real good job,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He’s aggressive and goes right at them.”
“I think I’m figuring how to pitch now,” Worley said.
Manuel said Worley deserved to go the distance.
“I think it does something for the guy,” Manuel said. “I wanted him to stay in there for himself. He earned the right.”
Lincecum was scratched two hours before the game and listed as day-to-day. He could pitch Wednesday against the Phillies, taking Zito’s place. Manager Bruce Bochy said after the game that a decision would be made Wednesday.
Zito, pitching on nine days’ rest, was roughed up in the first inning when Philadelphia scored four runs.
“That’s what makes it tough that first inning, getting behind when (Worley’s) throwing the ball as well as he is and it’s just too much to overcome,” Bochy said. “He has good stuff. He throws quality strikes, pounds the strike zone and stayed in command the whole game.”
Worley shared the credit with backup catcher Brian Schneider.
“I’m not out there thinking too much,” Worley said. “I’m just going with the pitches I had. He’s really smooth back there. We were definitely both on the same page.”
Six of the Phillies’ seven hits were for six extra bases.
In the sixth, Utley drove the ball off the wall in center. It caromed away from center fielder Andres Torres and was retrieved by right fielder Nate Schierholtz. The relay came to shortstop Mike Fontenot, whose throw home was slightly to the left of catcher Eli Whiteside. Utley, sliding headfirst, just beat the lunging tag of Whiteside to put Philadelphia up 6-1.
“It hit the wall, took that corner and kept going the other way,” Torres said.
Bochy came out to argue, but replays appeared to confirm home-plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth’s call was correct.
Utley, who went 2 for 4, has reached base safely in 28 straight games and is 8 for 17 with three homers and five RBIs in his last five games.
Howard went 2 for 4 with the homer and a double.
Aaron Rowand homered against his former team for the Giants (59-44).
The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first on Pablo Sandoval’s sacrifice fly.
The Phillies scored four runs in the first after Zito had retired the first two batters, highlighted by Ibanez’s three-run homer to deep right-center. Ibanez had been 9 for 49 (.184) lifetime against Zito entering the game. Howard had put Philadelphia on the board with an RBI double to right that scored Utley.
Zito said the pitch to Ibanez was a cutter that didn’t move enough inside.
“I felt pretty good after the first,” Zito said. “That Ibanez pitch I want back.”
The left-hander rebounded after the slow start, allowing two runs and three hits over his final six innings.
“It’s a shame he couldn’t get out of that (first) inning because he regrouped and ended up throwing the ball fairly well,” Bochy said. “That’s impressive on his part, not caving in and finding a way to give us innings.”