|San Francisco (40-55) «||0||0||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||4||8||0|
|Chi. Cubs (57-38)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||8||0|
Dempster (10-4), one of eight Cubs selected for Tuesday's game at Yankee Stadium, entered with a 10-0 record in 11 home starts this season, but was overshadowed by another brilliant start by Lincecum (11-2). The 24-year-old right-hander struck out nine, allowed one run and six hits and also drove in a run with his first career triple.
"Quite a show he put on there today against a tough, tough ballclub that's playing well in their ballpark," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's one of the best young pitchers in the game and he showed it today."
"It's a good note to end on, especially going into the All-Star break. Something to build on. Go home happy," Lincecum said.
Brian Wilson survived a shaky ninth inning to record his National League-leading 25th save. The closer yielded an RBI single to fellow All-Star Geovany Soto but bounced back to strike out pinch-hitter Daryle Ward and coax Ryan Theriot into a game-ending groundout with a runner on third.
"We've overcome a lot here," manager Lou Piniella said. "Soriano has really missed half of the first half. He's been on the disabled list and we've had (Rich) Hill that's missed just about all of the first half, a starter we were counting on. We had our No. 1 starter (Zambrano) on the DL and we've done quite well.
"Let's hope we do just as well or better in the second half and we will just be fine."
The bottom of the Giants order hurt Dempster in the third inning. With one out, Omar Vizquel broke an 0-for-11 skid with a single to center and stole second. Lincecum followed with a hard liner to right fielder Mark DeRosa, who charged the ball but couldn't get in front of it. Lincecum's drive rolled all the way to the wall, easily scoring Vizquel.
"I just think I got lucky. If you look at the swing it doesn't look very pretty. It looks like a backhand in tennis," Lincecum said. "I was like 'Wow, it hit the soft spot of the bat and not right on my hands this time."'
Durham added a two-out, two-run single later in the inning to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.
"I thought Dempster pitched well," DeRosa said. "I kind of put him in a tough spot there, misplaying that ball in the outfield that led to them scoring three runs."
Dempster (10-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
"It's a tough matchup," Dempster said. "He (Lincecum) is not going to give up a lot of runs."
Before the game, Carlos Marmol became the eighth Cubs player on the NL All-Star team when the reliever was selected to replace injured teammate Kerry Wood. Chicago tied the NL record, becoming the fourth team to send eight players to the game.
Before this year, the most All-Stars for the Cubs was six in 1936 and 1988. Outfielder Soriano (broken hand), who was voted to the starting lineup, will miss the game because of a broken hand.
|Kosuke Fukudome isn't the only Cubs hitter frustrated by rising Giants star pitcher Tim Lincecum. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Fred Lewis, LF||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||.275|
|Jose Castillo, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.258|
|Ray Durham, 2B||4||0||2||2||0||0||2||.293|
|Bengie Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.287|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.291|
|John Bowker, RF||3||0||0||0||1||3||1||.274|
|Rich Aurilia, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.159|
|Tim Lincecum, P||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.179|
|a- Eugenio Velez, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Brian Wilson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Lincecum in the 9th|
|3B - Fred Lewis (9, Dempster), Tim Lincecum (1, Dempster)|
|RBI - Fred Lewis (27), Ray Durham 2 (32), Tim Lincecum (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Fred Lewis (15), Ray Durham 2 (8)|
|SB - Fred Lewis (17, 2nd base off Dempster/Blanco), Omar Vizquel (4, 2nd base off Dempster/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Castillo-Aurilia|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tim Lincecum (W,11-2)||8||6||1||1||1||9||0||2.57|
|Brian Wilson (S,25)||1||2||1||1||1||1||0||4.58|
|HBP - Johnson (by Tim Lincecum)|
|WP - Tim Lincecum (11)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 116-78, Brian Wilson 22-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-7, Brian Wilson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 31, Brian Wilson 6|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.320|
|Mike Fontenot, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.266|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.306|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.285|
|Mark DeRosa, RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.283|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.232|
|Reed Johnson, LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.268|
|Henry Blanco, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.286|
|a- Geovany Soto, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.288|
|Ryan Dempster, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Neal Cotts, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Kosuke Fukudome, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Daryle Ward, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.269|
|a-singled for Blanco in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Cotts in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Gaudin in the 9th|
|2B - Jim Edmonds (11, Lincecum)|
|RBI - Jim Edmonds (35), Geovany Soto (56)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1|
|Ryan Dempster (L,10-4)||6.2||7||4||4||3||6||0||3.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 118-69, Neal Cotts 2-1, Chad Gaudin 23-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 6-7, Chad Gaudin 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 29, Neal Cotts 1, Chad Gaudin 7|
|Attendance - 41574|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Damien Beal, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|