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PHOENIX -- Three weeks shy of his 24th birthday, Tim Lincecum already is being compared with today's best pitchers.
"He's special," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's one of the better pitchers in the game."
Lincecum (7-1), with a fastball that reached 98 mph on the Chase Field radar gun, allowed three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. The young right-hander struck out seven and walked three while improving to 3-0 in his last four starts.
Lincecum felt his manager's comments might be a bit premature.
"It would be something to really be able to be that, but I've got a lot to work on and stuff right now," he said. "I'm hoping that it's not just now. I want to have a long career. It was just a great compliment and I appreciate it."
Lincecum has benefited from the wisdom of Molina behind and at the plate. The veteran catcher was named NL player of the week for last week after going 15-for-23 with six doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
On Tuesday, Molina picked up where he left off with a three-run homer in the third. Castillo added a 422-foot solo shot in the fourth. Both homers came off Arizona starter Dan Haren (5-4). Brian Wilson threw a perfect ninth for his 15th save, tying Houston's Jose Valverde for the NL lead.
"I don't like to think about it," Molina said of his offensive streak. "This game is pretty tough to be out there and try to think about that stuff. I try to get a very good at-bat every single time out there."
Molina's sixth homer of the season put the Giants up 3-0. Fred Lewis led off the inning with a single, then Ray Durham walked. After Randy Winn flied out, Molina hit Haren's 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats.
"It was probably knee-high, just above the knee, to a guy who is smokin' hot right now," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.
Haren said he was trying to get the pitch down after nearly striking out Molina on the previous pitch, the batter barely getting a piece of the ball.
"That's the way it goes," Haren said. "He swings and misses right there, it's a completely different game."
San Francisco made it 4-0 in the fourth when Castillo hit Haren's first pitch high above the home-run line in straightaway center. It was Castillo's fourth homer this season.
Consecutive doubles by Lewis and Durham boosted the Giants' lead to 5-0 in the fifth.
Arizona broke through with a run off Lincecum in the fifth. Jeff Salazar drew a one-out walk, took second on Haren's groundout, then scored when Chris Young singled off the glove of the second baseman Durham.
Lincecum left after giving up singles to Orlando Hudson and Conor Jackson in the eighth. Chad Tracy doubled off Tyler Walker to bring home Hudson, then Jackson scored on a wild pitch to cut the Giants' lead to 6-3.
Haren gave up five runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one in losing two in a row for the first time this season.
The Diamondbacks, opening a six-game homestand, lost for the sixth time in eight games but maintained a 3½-game lead in the NL West over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Cubs in Chicago.
|Tim Lincecum works seven-plus innings against the D-Backs and improves to 7-1 for the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Fred Lewis, LF||5||2||2||0||0||3||3||.273|
|Ray Durham, 2B||3||2||1||1||2||0||0||.285|
|Randy Winn, RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.293|
|Bengie Molina, C||5||1||2||3||0||2||3||.329|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.331|
|John Bowker, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Rich Aurilia, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Jose Castillo, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.263|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.216|
|Tim Lincecum, P||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.217|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Wilson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Fred Lewis (11, Haren), Ray Durham (9, Haren), Randy Winn (16, Pena), Jose Castillo (16, Haren)|
|HR - Bengie Molina (6, Haren), Jose Castillo (4, Haren)|
|RBI - Ray Durham (11), Bengie Molina 3 (34), Aaron Rowand (30), Jose Castillo (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina 3 (10), Aaron Rowand (10)|
|SB - Fred Lewis (8, 2nd base off Haren/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tim Lincecum (W,7-1)||7.1||6||3||3||3||7||0||2.33|
|Brian Wilson (S,15)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5.06|
|WP - Tyler Walker (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 118-71, Tyler Walker 15-7, Brian Wilson 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 6-9, Brian Wilson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 31, Tyler Walker 3, Brian Wilson 3|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||1||1||1||0||1||.243|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.275|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.307|
|Conor Jackson, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.303|
|Chad Tracy, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.250|
|Justin Upton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.274|
|Miguel Montero, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.304|
|Jeff Salazar, LF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.269|
|Dan Haren, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.130|
|Edgar Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|a- Alex Romero, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Doug Slaten, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Burke, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.182|
|a-grounded out for E. Gonzalez in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Pena in the 9th|
|2B - Conor Jackson (9, Lincecum), Chad Tracy (1, T. Walker), Miguel Montero (5, Lincecum)|
|RBI - Chris Young (30), Chad Tracy (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (8)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Dan Haren (L,5-4)||6||9||5||5||1||7||2||3.75|
|WP - Dan Haren (4), Edgar Gonzalez (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 97-62, Edgar Gonzalez 28-16, Doug Slaten 16-8, Tony Pena 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 6-5, Edgar Gonzalez 1-1, Doug Slaten 1-1, Tony Pena 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 28, Edgar Gonzalez 5, Doug Slaten 4, Tony Pena 4|
|Attendance - 23604|
|Game Time - 2:48|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Tom Hallion|