NEW CANAAN -- Starting pitchers David Giusti of New Canaan and Mike Gonzalez of Norwalk both came in to Tuesday's make-up game on short rest, but you would hardly know it based on the pitcher's duel that broke out at Mead Park.

Giusti had just a little more in the tank, pitching a complete game while allowing five hits and striking out 11 as the Rams beat Norwalk 2-1, handing the Bears their second straight FCIAC loss.

Gonzalez was sharp as well, going 4 innings and allowing an unearned run in the first and a solo home run in the third, taking the hard-luck loss.

Giusti said he had command all his pitches, but being able to throw his breaking ball for strike one at times kept an aggressive Norwalk lineup under wraps.

"I've been working on that for years and I have developed a breaking ball I can throw in any count," Giusti said. "Norwalk is notorious for being great hitters and they are great hitters and you have to keep them off balance with some off-speed and that's what I tried to do and my teammates made the plays behind me which is all I can ask for."

New Canaan moves to 7-2 and 6-1 in the FCIAC while Norwalk falls to 7-3 and 6-2.

Giusti admitted he finally tired a bit in the seventh inning when he allowed two hits -- including a RBI triple by Reid Singewald -- but was able to strike out the final batter, leaving the tying run 90 feet away.

"(Giusti) battled today on short rest which was key for us," New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said. "The weather back-logged us a little bit and we needed that from him today and he battled. He probably didn't have his best stuff today but we got what we needed out of him."

After reaching with a single, New Canaan sophomore Robby Jones came in to score on an error, making it 1-0 after one inning, though it could have been worse with Gonzalez escaping further damage with runners on second and third and one out.

Jones then delivered the biggest blow of the game in the form of a home run, just to the left of the giant oak tree in center field, putting the Rams up 2-0 in the third inning.

Gonzalez and reliever Kyle Pisacrita were able to keep the Bears within striking distance, which was all coach Pete Tucci could ask for the way Giusti was pitching.

"(Giusti) is one of the top guys in this league and he kept us off balance and our guys battled but we have three sophomores and a freshman out there and he over-matched them at times," Tucci said. "Mike (Gonzalez) just pitched Saturday so we didn't want to go too long with him and (Pisacrita) came in and his change of speeds threw them off and we hung in there."

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

New Canaan 2, Norwalk 1

NORWALK 000 000 1--1 5 3

NEW CANAAN 101 000 X--2 5 0

Records: NC 7-2, 6-1; NK 7-3, 6-2

Batteries: NC--David Giusti (W) and Zack Smith; NK--Mike Gonzalez (L), Kyle Pisacrita (5) and Marco Monteiro

Highlights: NC--Giusti 11 Ks; Robby Jones 2-3, HR, 2 runs, RBI. NK--Dave Balunek 2-3; Matt Pallanti run; Reid Singewald triple, RBI