|San Francisco (65-54) «||0||0||1||0||0||4||0||0||0||3||8||12||0|
With Pablo Sandoval on second and Randy Winn on first, Garko hit a line drive up the left-center field gap off Francisco Cordero (1-3). He finished with four RBI, as many as he had in his first 17 games after being acquired by San Francisco from Cleveland on July 27.
Garko admitted he might have been pressing since joining the Giants.
"My first time in the organization and being on a team in the race, I'm sure it's in the back of my mind," he said. "I don't think about it when I'm on the field, but I'm human. I'm sure it creeps into your head."
Juan Uribe added a sacrifice fly as the Giants sent the Reds to their fourth straight loss and fifth in the last six games.
The Giants' third win in four games allowed them to stay one game behind Colorado, which beat Washington 4-3, in the NL wild card.
Manager Bruce Bochy was happy to see the Giants rally and pick up Lincecum.
"That was one of our better [comebacks]," Bochy said. "That's an area where we haven't done too well."
Lincecum, who went into the game leading the majors with a 2.19 ERA, gave up as many earned runs in Cincinnati's four-run second inning as he had in his last four starts combined. The Reds batted around in the inning.
"We scored five off of Lincecum, and that's rare," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He didn't have his best stuff tonight. For him to walk in a run is rare. His velocity was down, too."
Reds starter Homer Bailey, 0 for 18 going into the game, followed with a two-run single down the first base line, his first hit and RBIs of the season. Bochy argued the ball was foul, vehemently enough to be ejected by first base umpire Marvin Hudson.
Chris Dickerson added an RBI single to make it 4-0 and give the Reds as many hits in the inning as Lincecum had allowed in his last game.
"I just wasn't myself tonight," Lincecum said. "I was trying to battle and keep us in the game."
Uribe hit his fifth homer of the season with one out in the third, but Joey Votto restored Cincinnati's four-run lead in the fifth with his 18th of the season and first in 51 at-bats since Aug. 2.
Votto's homer was the first off Lincecum in five starts since Atlanta's Yunel Escobar hit a three-run shot in the Braves' 4-2 win on July 22 -- Lincecum's last loss.
San Francisco tied the game in the sixth on Winn's two-run double with the bases loaded and Garko's two-run single.
"Garko can hit," Bochy said. "He had some good at-bats tonight. When he got here, he tried to do too much, but we'll throw him out there."
"It was good to come through with runners on base," Garko said. "I think it's important to have an approach with men on base."
Bailey left after walking the next batter. He was charged with five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"They're playing for the wild card," Bailey said of the Giants. "They're a good team. What can you say? In that inning, I was off by minute amounts. Nobody had any suggestions, including myself."
Lincecum, last season's Cy Young Award winner, finished with his third straight no-decision - his second such streak of the season. He allowed six hits and five runs with three walks and a season-low two strikeouts.
"It's fair to say he wasn't at the top of his game," Bochy said.
|Ryan Garko collects four RBI, which is as many as he had in his first 17 games with Giants. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Eugenio Velez, LF||5||1||2||0||1||1||3||.310|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||4||.258|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||3||3||.327|
|Bengie Molina, C||3||1||0||0||2||3||1||.262|
|Randy Winn, RF||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.268|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||5||1||2||4||0||0||1||.273|
|Brian Wilson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.272|
|Juan Uribe, 2B||3||1||1||2||1||0||2||.276|
|Tim Lincecum, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.173|
|a- Fred Lewis, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Nate Schierholtz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.295|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.264|
|a-doubled for Lincecum in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Romo in the 9th|
|c-singled for Howry in the 10th|
|2B - Randy Winn (29, Bailey), Ryan Garko (11, Cordero), Fred Lewis (19, Burton)|
|HR - Juan Uribe (6, Bailey)|
|SF - Juan Uribe (5)|
|RBI - Randy Winn 2 (45), Ryan Garko 4 (47), Juan Uribe 2 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn 2 (23), Ryan Garko 2 (21)|
|CS - Randy Winn (2, 2nd base by Bailey/Hanigan)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Uribe-Garko|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Bob Howry (W,1-5)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.50|
|Brian Wilson (S,29)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.80|
|IBB - Hanigan by Tim Lincecum|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 87-48, Jeremy Affeldt 14-10, Sergio Romo 8-6, Bob Howry 12-7, Brian Wilson 20-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 8-7, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Bob Howry 1-2, Brian Wilson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 26, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Sergio Romo 2, Bob Howry 3, Brian Wilson 4|
|Chris Dickerson, RF-CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.267|
|Willy Taveras, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.238|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Kevin Barker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Joey Votto, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||2||3||.316|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Wladimir Balentien, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.230|
|Adam Rosales, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.205|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.283|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||1||0||1||1||0||1||.206|
|Homer Bailey, P||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.053|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jonny Gomes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.276|
|Laynce Nix, RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.243|
|a-struck out for Herrera in the 10th|
|b-struck out for Burton in the 7th|
|2B - Laynce Nix (24, Wilson)|
|HR - Joey Votto (18, Lincecum)|
|SH - Homer Bailey (2)|
|RBI - Chris Dickerson (14), Joey Votto (59), Paul Janish (4), Homer Bailey 2 (2)|
|SB - Brandon Phillips (19, 3rd base off Lincecum/Molina), Wladimir Balentien (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto|
|Francisco Cordero (L,1-3)||0.2||3||3||3||1||1||0||2.30|
|Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 91-53, Jared Burton 14-10, Nick Masset 21-13, Arthur Rhodes 10-5, Francisco Cordero 21-12, Danny Herrera 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-6, Jared Burton 3-0, Nick Masset 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 25, Jared Burton 5, Nick Masset 5, Arthur Rhodes 3, Francisco Cordero 6, Danny Herrera 2|
|Attendance - 13334|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|