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Garko's two-run double in 10th completes comeback for Giants

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CINCINNATI -- San Francisco's Tim Lincecum was far from his best on Tuesday night. Ryan Garko bailed him out.

Garko's two-run double in the 10th inning completed San Francisco's comeback from a four-run deficit and helped the Giants to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

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.

Bob Howry (1-5) pitched a perfect ninth to get the win. Brian Wilson allowed a double, but picked up his 29th save.

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.

After intentionally walking Ryan Hanigan to load the bases with one out, Lincecum walked Paul Janish to force in a run.

"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.

Notes

  • Reds CF Willy Taveras left the game after seven innings with a right quadriceps strain.
  • Bochy gave 2B Freddy Sanchez the day off to nurse his sore left shoulder. "It's kind of a day-to-day thing," Bochy said. "He said he wanted to play, but he needs a day. It's pretty sore."
  • Bailey left tickets for tennis star and fellow Texas resident Andy Roddick, who is in Cincinnati for a tournament. Roddick, ranked fifth on the ATP Tour, sat in the first row behind the Reds dugout.
 
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Ryan Garko collects four RBI, which is as many as he had in his first 17 games with Giants. (AP)
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

R. Garko
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF5120113 .310
Edgar Renteria, SS5110004 .258
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5110033 .327
Bengie Molina, C3100231 .262
Randy Winn, RF4222101 .268
Ryan Garko, 1B5124001 .273
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF4010100 .272
Juan Uribe, 2B3112102 .276
Tim Lincecum, P2000010 .173
   a- Fred Lewis, PH1010000 .272
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000011 .295
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   c- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B1010000 .264
Totals39812869  
a-doubled for Lincecum in the 7th
b-struck out for Romo in the 9th
c-singled for Howry in the 10th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Garko
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum 6655321 2.37
Jeremy Affeldt 1.1000020 1.81
Sergio Romo 0.2000020 5.23
Bob Howry (W,1-5) 1000000 3.50
Brian Wilson (S,29) 1100020 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
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Dickerson, RF-CF5011012 .267
Willy Taveras, CF4000002 .238
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   a- Kevin Barker, PH1000011 .000
Joey Votto, 1B5111023 .316
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110010 .262
Wladimir Balentien, LF4110020 .230
Adam Rosales, 3B3000102 .205
Ryan Hanigan, C3110101 .283
Paul Janish, SS3101101 .206
Homer Bailey, P1012000 .053
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   b- Jonny Gomes, PH1000010 .276
    Laynce Nix, RF1010000 .243
Totals3557538  
a-struck out for Herrera in the 10th
b-struck out for Burton in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey 5.2755341 7.53
Jared Burton 1.1100010 5.36
Nick Masset 1.1000110 2.85
Arthur Rhodes 0.2000110 2.45
Francisco Cordero (L,1-3) 0.2333110 2.30
Danny Herrera 0.1100010 2.40
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
Game Information
Attendance - 13334
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Lance Barksdale