Colorado at San Francisco

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Giants 4, Rockies 1

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum was still cheering Bengie Molina's home run when Pablo Sandoval connected moments later for his first major league homer.

Those two timely solo shots in the seventh inning lifted Lincecum to another impressive victory, and the San Francisco Giants avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

"It was big," Lincecum said.

After Molina's one-out homer off Livan Hernandez tied the game at 1, Sandoval sent the first pitch he saw into the tunnel just inside the left-field foul pole -- and that was it for Hernandez (1-3). It marked only the second time this year San Francisco has hit back-to-back home runs. Molina and Aaron Rowand did it May 23 at Florida.

"That's never happened in my life," Sandoval said. "My dream is complete, hitting my first home run. That was the best moment. ... I thought (it had a chance) because that was the best pitch I had to hit. He threw a good game and made two mistakes."

Lincecum (15-3) struck out 10 to boost his majors-leading strikeout total to 210 and he owns the 10th highest season strikeout total in San Francisco history. Lincecum lowered his ERA from 2.48 to 2.43, tied for best in the big leagues with Cleveland's Cliff Lee. Lee and Lincecum both have allowed 50 earned runs in 185 1/3 innings.

"That's a strange coincidence," Lincecum said. "He's doing a great job. It's funny we have the same numbers. It's great to be there now, but you kind of look at where you are at the end of the season and gauge from that."

The crowd at the Giants' waterfront ballpark roared in delight when Lincecum came out to start the eighth, then booed manager Bruce Bochy when he removed the All-Star after two outs and a career-high 132 pitches. Lincecum walked off the mound to a standing ovation.

Bochy was willing to let Lincecum start the eighth despite his high pitch count. Lincecum walked Willy Taveras with one out before retiring Matt Holliday on a flyout to right.

"We checked on him going into the eighth and he said, 'I feel great,' " Bochy said. "He ended up throwing some pitches on that walk. You have to do this a step at a time. These guys get extended sometimes. He will get an extra day, so that will help."

Lincecum won three starts in a row for the first time since April and won his fourth consecutive decision, improving to 13-2 in 22 starts following San Francisco losses. Lincecum allowed five hits and walked three in 7 2/3 innings.

The 24-year-old right-hander struck out the side in order in the third, getting Holliday on a called third strike clocked at 96 mph. Lincecum had his seventh 10-strikeout game this season -- tied for third-most in San Francisco history -- and ninth of his career.

"He's a throwback for Giant fans to Juan Marichal," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of the Hall of Famer. "He gets on top of the ball. He's like a whirling dervish out there. He's got some deception, he's got thump with the fastball. He's got a sharp breaking ball, he's got a slider. And, then, he has that filthy changeup. He was on tonight."

After Jack Taschner allowed a single to Brad Hawpe, he was quickly replaced by closer Brian Wilson. Wilson got Garrett Atkins on a foul pop up to end the eighth, then worked the ninth for his NL-best 36th save in 39 opportunities.

The Giants scored two insurance runs in the eighth, one on an error.

Troy Tulowitzki hit an RBI single in the second for Colorado's lone run. The Rockies missed a chance to pull within five games of NL West-leading Arizona.

Dave Roberts tripled with one out in the sixth for San Francisco, but was thrown out at home on a double play that ended the inning after Fred Lewis flied out to center and Taveras made a perfect throw to the plate.

Notes

At 15-11, the Giants guaranteed their first winning month since August 2007. ... Lincecum's previous career high for pitches was 122. ... Colorado RHP Matt Herges, on the DL since Aug. 20 with lower back stiffness, was set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is likely to play two out of three days then rejoin the Rockies on Sept. 2, the first day he's eligible to be activated. ... Injured Giants pitchers Noah Lowry (forearm surgery) and Merkin Valdez (strained elbow) are scheduled to throw off a mound in Arizona this weekend while the team is on the road. ... Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez is slated to come off the DL and return to the rotation Monday at Colorado. Sanchez was scratched from his start against Atlanta on Aug. 16 and placed on the DL with a strained throwing shoulder.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Iannetta
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 10
 

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Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, 2B3000020 .287
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH-CF1000010 .259
Willy Taveras, CF3000120 .259
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B0000000 .245
Matt Holliday, LF4010011 .340
Brad Hawpe, RF2020200 .294
Garrett Atkins, 1B4000026 .293
Ian Stewart, 3B4000011 .311
Chris Iannetta, C4130011 .275
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4011002 .241
Livan Hernandez, P3000001 .182
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .053
Totals32171310  
a-struck out for Barmes in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (22, Lincecum), Chris Iannetta (17, Lincecum)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (32)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1
DP - Taveras-Iannetta, Atkins-Tulowitzki
E - Garrett Atkins (13, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Livan Hernandez (L,11-11) 6.1522022 6.14
Luis Vizcaino 0.2221010 5.15
Glendon Rusch 1000010 5.22
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 82-56, Luis Vizcaino 14-11, Glendon Rusch 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 9-7, Luis Vizcaino 1-1, Glendon Rusch 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 23, Luis Vizcaino 5, Glendon Rusch 2
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, LF4020001 .246
Fred Lewis, CF4010014 .289
Randy Winn, RF4000000 .308
Bengie Molina, C3111001 .284
Pablo Sandoval, 3B-1B3111010 .372
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3000010 .206
    Rich Aurilia, 3B0000000 .270
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B3000000 .270
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Omar Vizquel, SS3120010 .187
Tim Lincecum, P1000000 .179
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Eugenio Velez, 2B0100000 .219
Totals2847204  
Batting
3B - Dave Roberts (2, Hernandez)
HR - Bengie Molina (11, Hernandez), Pablo Sandoval (1, Hernandez)
SH - Tim Lincecum (5), Eugenio Velez (1)
RBI - Bengie Molina (79), Pablo Sandoval (4)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dave Roberts 1
DP - Velez-Vizquel-Sandoval
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (W,15-3) 7.25113100 2.43
Jack Taschner0100000 4.29
Brian Wilson (S,36) 1.1100000 4.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 132-84, Jack Taschner 4-3, Brian Wilson 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 3-9, Brian Wilson 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 30, Jack Taschner 1, Brian Wilson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31627
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Bill Hohn