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Lincecum loses no-hitter in seventh, improves to 10-2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum had a tough time summing up his successful first half when a disappointing finish to his final start before the break was still so fresh.

"That leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, of course," he said.

Lincecum carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and won his fourth consecutive start, baffling San Diego with his nasty changeup and a curveball nearly as impressive in the San Francisco Giants' 9-3 victory against the Padres on Thursday night.

Lincecum (10-2) walked Evereth Cabrera to start the game and then Will Venable with two outs in the second. After that, he retired 13 straight and struck out the side in order in the sixth. Tony Gwynn Jr. broke up the bid when he singled to left leading off the seventh on Lincecum's 82nd pitch.

"We definitely didn't want to get no-hit," Gwynn said.

Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff followed with singles and Lincecum's night was done after consecutive two-out walks to load the bases. He left to a standing ovation, but was clearly frustrated in how quickly it turned.

"Things are cruising along there fine," he said. "You have got to make better pitches. I got too deep on guys, showing too many pitches. I didn't stay aggressive enough or focused enough and kind of let it slip away."

Sergio Romo replaced the reigning NL Cy Young winner and immediately walked pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez, which forced home a run.

Lincecum's scoreless innings streak ended at 29, third-longest in San Francisco history. Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry pitched 40 consecutive scoreless innings in 1967 and then went 39 in a row in 1970.

"He's legitimately one of the best pitchers in all of baseball right now," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We finally got to him in the seventh inning, but you could see why he puts up the numbers he does. He's got a great array of pitches and he seems to be expanding those and continuing to grow as a major league pitcher. He's been on a nice roll lately."

Bengie Molina hit a two-run homer in the first to stake Lincecum to an early lead. Travis Ishikawa and Juan Uribe added back-to-back solo shots in the team's four-run fifth, the first time this season the Giants have hit back-to-back home runs. Lincecum followed with a single to left.

Pablo Sandoval, kept off the final NL All-Star roster earlier Thursday, had a two-run double in the fifth that chased San Diego starter Josh Geer (1-4). Uribe, Randy Winn and Nate Schierholtz each added RBI singles in the eighth.

This was the last start for Lincecum before the All-Star Game, where he will certainly be considered by NL skipper Charlie Manuel to start for the National League.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy planned to call Manuel soon to inquire about how Lincecum and Matt Cain might be used. Lincecum was an All-Star last season but missed the game with an illness that required hospitalization for dehydration.

The shaggy-haired right-hander allowed three runs and three hits, struck out eight and matched his season high with four walks.

"Four walks used to feel like me. Now four walks doesn't feel like me," Lincecum said.

This performance wasn't that surprising considering he has been more dominant in recent weeks than even during his spectacular Cy Young season of 2008, his first full big league campaign.

"I think he could throw one," Molina, the catcher, said of a no-hitter. "It could happen any time."

Geer saw his winless stretch reach nine starts, going 0-3 since his lone victory May 23 against the Cubs.

Sandoval was beaten out for the last All-Star spot by Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino.

"I'm happy. It's my first full year in the big leagues and I was on the All-Star ballot," said Sandoval, acknowledging he voted for himself a bunch of times. "I got the numbers. I didn't get the votes. I'm excited about the support from my teammates and the fans. I want to thank them."

Notes

  • Giants Barry Zito and Randy Johnson also took no-hit bids into the seventh this season and saw them broken up by the first batter.
  • Lincecum walked the leadoff batter for the fourth time this year. The pitcher had his seventh hit of the year and 22nd of his career.
  • Of the 61 pitches Lincecum made through five innings, 16 of those were in two at-bats by former Giant Eliezer Alfonzo.
  • Giants CF Aaron Rowand was still sore from crashing into the wall Wednesday against Florida and was held out of the lineup.
  • The Padres were still undecided about their Saturday starter, with Black deciding between promoting RHP Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Portland or using either Luis Perdomo or Mike Ekstrom -- both righties -- from the bullpen.
 
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Tim Lincecum runs his scoreless innings streak to 29 before struggling in the seventh.  (US Presswire)
Tim Lincecum runs his scoreless innings streak to 29 before struggling in the seventh. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 3
BB 4
K 8
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS3000113 .272
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4110021 .302
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4110001 .256
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4111010 .241
Chase Headley, LF4001011 .235
Will Venable, RF3000111 .176
Eliezer Alfonzo, C3000121 .255
Luis Rodriguez, 2B3000110 .202
Josh Geer, P1000000 .182
    Luis Perdomo, P1000010 .000
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH0001100 .183
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Totals30333510  
a-walked for Perdomo in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (44), Chase Headley (32), Edgar Gonzalez (12)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Gonzalez (3)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez
PB - Eliezer Alfonzo (3)
E - Everth Cabrera (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Josh Geer (L,1-4) 4.2766043 5.79
Luis Perdomo 1.1100230 3.77
Luke Gregerson 1000020 3.47
Cla Meredith 1433100 4.29
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Geer 75-56, Luis Perdomo 35-18, Luke Gregerson 11-7, Cla Meredith 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Geer 4-6, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Cla Meredith 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Geer 21, Luis Perdomo 7, Luke Gregerson 3, Cla Meredith 8
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF-LF5011024 .273
Nate Schierholtz, RF5121010 .294
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5122002 .328
Bengie Molina, C4112021 .264
John Bowker, LF3000110 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Edgar Renteria, SS3100111 .266
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4131000 .273
Juan Uribe, 2B3222100 .291
Tim Lincecum, P3110023 .184
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   a- Andres Torres, PH-CF1100000 .262
Totals36912939  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Affeldt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (24, Geer)
HR - Bengie Molina (11, Geer), Travis Ishikawa (7, Geer), Juan Uribe (4, Geer)
RBI - Randy Winn (35), Nate Schierholtz (17), Pablo Sandoval 2 (50), Bengie Molina 2 (50), Travis Ishikawa (29), Juan Uribe 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn (15), Nate Schierholtz (13), Pablo Sandoval 2 (26), Bengie Molina 2 (11)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Ishikawa
E - Edgar Renteria (8, Misplayed grounder), Nate Schierholtz (2, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (W,10-2) 6.2333480 2.33
Sergio Romo (H,7) 0.1000100 2.31
Jeremy Affeldt (H,18) 1000010 1.34
Bob Howry 1000010 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 108-64, Sergio Romo 7-3, Jeremy Affeldt 10-7, Bob Howry 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-4, Sergio Romo 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 26, Sergio Romo 2, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Bob Howry 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33508
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Angel Campos