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Chi. Cubs (14-12)010010000250

Lincecum, Molina help Giants end Cubs' four-game winning streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Tim Lincecum usually doesn't need much help to succeed, and the 2008 NL Cy Young winner got a double bonus Tuesday.

His offense-challenged San Francisco Giants put three runs on the board for him before he threw his first pitch, and Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella used a lineup with hardly any proven big league hitters.

"It makes life easier," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bengie Molina's three-run homer in a 6-2 victory against the Cubs. "We've been looking for a big hit and Bengie jump-started us there."

The Giants had been averaging only 3.5 runs, worst in the majors, and had failed to score a single run for their previous three starting pitchers.

Molina's shot off Sean Marshall (0-2) instantly provided Lincecum (3-1) with his magic number. The hard-throwing right-hander is 23-1 lifetime when receiving at least three runs of support.

"I was able to keep them off-balance with the changeup and curveball, kind of pitching backward from what I usually do," said Lincecum, who allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings, with seven strikeouts and two walks. "I was just trying to mix it up and keep them swinging."

Rather than facing the Chicago team that had won its previous four games, Lincecum got to go against a lineup that included six players who were in the minors as recently as 2007.

"We're in a stretch of 20 straight games without a day off," Piniella said. "You've got to rest people."

Those he rested for the day game after a night game included his best hitter as of late, Ryan Theriot, All-Stars Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez, $30 million newcomer Milton Bradley and '08 NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto.

Among those starting for the Cubs was Bobby Scales, a 31-year-old infielder making his big league debut after spending 11 years in the minors.

Scales, who supplements his income by working as a substitute teacher during the offseason, singled in the fifth inning and later scored on Marshall's single to cut San Francisco's lead to 3-2.

"I don't know how long I'm going to be here, so go ahead and get one mark on the board," said Scales, who went 1-for-4, made a diving play at second base and ended the game by striking out.

"I knew for a fact that I could play here. That never wavered. Whether you get opportunities or not, that's not up to me. No matter what happens the rest of the way, they can't take it from me. I got it. I earned it. And I'm just fortunate to have it."

The Giants broke open the game with a three-run eighth that featured Aaron Rowand's two-run double off reliever Jeff Samardzija.

"That's what we've been missing -- that timely hit, especially a double or home run," Bochy said. "We got two of them today against a good ballclub."

Like most San Francisco hitters lately, Molina and Rowand had been struggling. Molina was in a 4-for-23 slump and Rowand had gone hitless in his previous 20 at-bats.

Notes

  • The Giants rested infielder Pablo Sandoval, who was batting .387 in his previous 16 games. Sandoval, who has a slight groin injury, pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded into a double play.
  • The Giants are 11-0 when they score first in a game, 2-12 when they don't.
  • Cubs OF Kosuke Fukudome went 0-for-13 on the homestand.
  • Cubs 1B Derrek Lee is batting .278 at home and .108 on the road.
 
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Tim Lincecum dominates Chicago's reserves, fanning seven while allowing only four hits.  (AP)
Tim Lincecum dominates Chicago's reserves, fanning seven while allowing only four hits. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 7
 
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF5000011 .293
Edgar Renteria, SS4220110 .261
Rich Aurilia, 1B5220001 .226
Bengie Molina, C4223001 .304
Aaron Rowand, CF4012001 .228
Randy Winn, RF4021000 .222
Juan Uribe, 3B4000003 .241
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B3020100 .228
Tim Lincecum, P2000001 .143
   a- Pablo Sandoval, PH1000001 .319
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P00000001.000
Totals36611622  
a-grounded into a double play for Lincecum in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (5, Samardzija)
HR - Bengie Molina (5, Marshall)
SH - Tim Lincecum (3)
RBI - Bengie Molina 3 (23), Aaron Rowand 2 (11), Randy Winn (9)
SB - Edgar Renteria (1, 2nd base off Patton/Hill), Emmanuel Burriss (8, 3rd base off Marshall/Hill)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lincecum-Renteria-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (W,3-1) 7422270 3.05
Merkin Valdez 1100120 4.15
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 113-76, Merkin Valdez 25-14, Jeremy Affeldt 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 4-9, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 26, Merkin Valdez 5, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Chicago Cubs
Joey Gathright, CF4010012 .154
Aaron Miles, SS3010111 .197
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3000101 .300
Derrek Lee, 1B4110022 .209
Micah Hoffpauir, LF3000012 .300
   a- Reed Johnson, PH1000000 .227
Mike Fontenot, 3B3001010 .256
   b- Milton Bradley, PH1000000 .128
Bobby Scales, 2B4110020 .250
Koyie Hill, C2000110 .303
Sean Marshall, P2011010 .125
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Theriot, PH1000000 .320
    David Patton, P0000000 .000
Totals31252310  
a-grounded out for Hoffpauir in the 9th
b-grounded out for Fontenot in the 9th
c-flied out for Cotts in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (5, Lincecum)
RBI - Mike Fontenot (15), Sean Marshall (1)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Marshall (1)
SB - Aaron Miles 2 (3, 2nd base off Lincecum/Molina, 2nd base off Valdez/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cotts-Hill-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,0-2) 7855111 4.15
Jeff Samardzija 0.1211100 8.10
Neal Cotts 0.2000000 4.05
David Patton 1100010 6.94
HBP - Molina (by Jeff Samardzija)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 95-60, Jeff Samardzija 14-6, Neal Cotts 1-1, David Patton 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 16-4, Neal Cotts 1-0, David Patton 1-1
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 30, Jeff Samardzija 5, Neal Cotts 1, David Patton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39497
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Chris Tiller, Third Base - Jerry Layne