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Lincecum fans 11 to help Giants beat wild card-leading Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was a little nervous about his ace pitcher. Tim Lincecum put him at ease.

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Lincecum pitched seven strong innings in his return from a balky back, Eugenio Velez drove in four runs and the San Francisco Giants gained ground in the NL wild-card race with a 9-1 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

"We kept checking up on him," Bochy said. "I was a little anxious to see him out there. After the first inning I could tell he was fine."

Bengie Molina homered and scored three runs and Aaron Rowand drove in two for the Giants, who moved within 3½ games of Colorado for the wild card. Juan Uribe and Fred Lewis also drove in runs for San Francisco.

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Lincecum, who missed his previous turn with back spasms, threw 116 pitches and had only one clean inning. The 2008 NL Cy Young Award winner stranded nine runners.

"It was fun to win a game like that," Lincecum said. "I was erratic at times but I was able to come back and make quality pitches."

Carlos Gonzalez and Yorvit Torrealba each had two hits for the Rockies, who lost their third straight.

Lincecum (14-5) gave up a run and six hits, lowering his NL-leading ERA to 2.30. He walked four and struck out 11 for a league-best 244. He has won his past six decisions at home and is 9-1 with a 1.79 ERA in San Francisco.

"I got a break for all the wrong reasons," Lincecum said. "But it helped me take a step back and have a look at what I was doing and what I needed to be doing."

Jason Hammel (8-8) allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five. The Rockies have lost all four of his starts against the Giants this season despite his 3.52 ERA against them.

"We set the stage for them in the second inning," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "And when you're facing a guy like Tim Lincecum you can't give the other team extra outs. Every run is precious."

Molina, Uribe, Travis Ishikawa and Rowand each singled to open the second, with Rowand driving in two runs. Velez followed with a sacrifice fly.

"Lincecum is good. You spot him four runs and he's probably going to take it home," Hammel said. "As for the second inning, they hit them where we weren't basically. I have no other way of explaining it."

Molina's 18th home run, a solo shot with two outs in the third, and Uribe's RBI single in the eighth made it 5-1.

Despite having runners in scoring position in six of seven innings against Lincecum, the Rockies managed to cross the plate once. Gonzalez tripled ahead of a wild pitch in the seventh.

"His changeup was filthy tonight," Tracy said. "There's no getting around that."

The Giants added five runs in the eighth, including a bases-loaded triple by Velez. Uribe singled home a run and Rockies reliever Joel Peralta walked pinch-hitter Fred Lewis on four pitches to force home another.

Jeremy Affeldt pitched the eighth for San Francisco and Bob Howry the ninth.

Notes

  • Rockies INF Clint Barmes is a combined 3 for 42 against the three scheduled Giants starters in this series.
  • Rockies RHP Huston Street played long toss Sunday and will throw off a mound soon, according to Tracy.
  • Giants SS Edgar Renteria was given an extra day of rest for "general soreness," Bochy said.
  • With Lincecum back in the rotation, LHP Madison Bumgarner will be used out of the bullpen.
  • Torrealba has a 10-game hitting streak against the Giants and is batting .464 (13 for 28) against them this season.
  • The last time Molina scored three runs in a game was Aug. 18, 2005, with the Angels against Boston.
 
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Eugenio Velez only comes up with one hit but drives in four runs in the leadoff spot.  (AP)
Eugenio Velez only comes up with one hit but drives in four runs in the leadoff spot. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 4
K 11
San Francisco

E. Velez
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., 2B4010120 .325
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5120032 .284
Todd Helton, 1B2000201 .323
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000013 .281
Seth Smith, LF4010032 .310
Brad Hawpe, RF3000121 .290
Yorvit Torrealba, C4020001 .281
Ian Stewart, 3B2000122 .231
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH-3B1000011 .225
Jason Hammel, P2000012 .125
   b- Dexter Fowler, PH1000000 .265
    Juan Rincon, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike McCoy, PH1000000 .000
Totals33160515  
a-struck out for Stewart in the 8th
b-flied out for Hammel in the 7th
c-grounded out for Peralta in the 9th
Batting
3B - Carlos Gonzalez (5, Lincecum)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (3, 2nd base off Lincecum/Molina), Carlos Gonzalez (14, 2nd base off Lincecum/Molina)
Team LOB - 10
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel (L,8-8) 6744151 4.38
Juan Rincon 1.1133220 6.11
Randy Flores0111000 5.40
Joel Peralta 0.2111100 6.46
IBB - Molina by Juan Rincon
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 91-63, Juan Rincon 25-14, Randy Flores 5-3, Joel Peralta 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 8-5, Juan Rincon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 26, Juan Rincon 7, Randy Flores 1, Joel Peralta 4
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF4014021 .270
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5010002 .294
Randy Winn, RF3110101 .265
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000023 .321
    Ryan Rohlinger, 3B0000000 .100
Bengie Molina, C3321101 .263
    Eli Whiteside, C0000000 .213
Juan Uribe, SS4221020 .287
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4220010 .264
Aaron Rowand, CF4012003 .269
Tim Lincecum, P0000100 .153
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .274
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   b- Fred Lewis, PH0101100 .266
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals32910947  
a-grounded out for Lincecum in the 7th
b-walked for Affeldt in the 8th
Batting
3B - Eugenio Velez (5, Peralta)
HR - Bengie Molina (18, Hammel)
SF - Eugenio Velez (1)
SH - Tim Lincecum (13)
RBI - Eugenio Velez 4 (24), Bengie Molina (71), Juan Uribe (43), Aaron Rowand 2 (59), Fred Lewis (17)
2-OUT RBI - Eugenio Velez 3 (10), Bengie Molina (22), Fred Lewis (11)
SB - Randy Winn 2 (15, 2nd base off Hammel/Torrealba, 2nd base off Rincon/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (W,14-5) 76114110 2.30
Jeremy Affeldt (H,30) 1000120 1.83
Bob Howry 1000020 3.43
WP - Tim Lincecum (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 116-72, Jeremy Affeldt 14-7, Bob Howry 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-3, Bob Howry 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 31, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Bob Howry 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31307
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Eric Cooper