St. Louis at San Francisco

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St. Louis (10-6)000001000182
San Francisco (9-7) «10201000x470

Giants 4, Cardinals 1

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum knows he might not have made it through a start like this two years ago, when his best stuff wasn't there.

That's how far the Giants ace has come trusting that he can get it done no matter the circumstances.

Lincecum struck out eight to win his initial four starts for the first time in his career, San Francisco scored runs on a pair of errors and a wild pitch, and the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Friday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Lincecum (4-0) -- the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner -- has established himself as San Francisco's stopper, going 27-12 in 59 outings following Giants losses, including 3-0 this year. The Giants debuted their new orange jerseys for what's become a tradition known as "Orange Friday."

"You just come out and battle every time," Lincecum said. "Those are the days you really see what guys are made of."

Yadier Molina singled in St. Louis' run in the sixth, but the Cardinals could do little else against Lincecum. In 2008, the hard-throwing righty started 4-0 in his first five starts.

With Lincecum on the mound and the bright new look, San Francisco got back on track to kick off a nine-game homestand on the heels of a disappointing 1-5 road trip.

"We had to stop the little rut we were in," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He goes out and gives us a great effort against a very good ballclub."

The Cardinals (10-6) were off to an NL-best start, but now must win the next two games here to avoid dropping their first series of the season after capturing their initial five.

Lincecum, now with a 1.00 ERA, was done once he reached 120 pitches in seven innings. He allowed six hits and walked three. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless eighth and Brian Wilson finished for his third save in as many chances, striking out the side.

"We rise to the occasion when we play good teams," Wilson said. "Pretty phenomenal [for Tim]. His pitch count was up there, but he's resilient. It doesn't matter how many pitches it takes, he's the guy."

Andres Torres led off with a double in the bottom of the first for San Francisco, coming around to score when shortstop Brendan Ryan's wild throw bounced into the stands. Mark DeRosa scored in the third on a fielding error by second baseman Skip Schumaker, then Aubrey Huff came home on a wild pitch by Jaime Garcia in the fifth.

"Guys aren't perfect," St. Louis skipper Tony La Russa said.

Nate Schierholtz singled in a run for the Giants.

Lincecum didn't care how San Francisco scored as long as it found a way after scratching out only five runs during the skid. The Giants figured it was about time a break went their way after the awful road trip.

"We've got to take 'em when we get 'em," he said. "Whether an error or a passed ball, be happy about it and take 'em as they come."

Garcia (1-1) didn't get much help from his sloppy defense -- or the offense -- in his first career appearance against the Giants.

"It's part of the game. Stuff is going to happen. You have to back up your teammates and limit the damage," Garcia said. "You just concentrate on what you can do. He's won two Cy Youngs. He's a great pitcher. We knew it was going to be tough."

The lefty held the New York Mets hitless for five innings last Saturday and scoreless for seven, but the Cardinals lost 2-1 in 20 innings.

This time, Garcia allowed four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in six innings, struck out two and walked three. He also reached on an infield single in the fifth for his first major league hit.

That had to put a smile on the face of first-year hitting coach Mark McGwire, who was thrilled to be back in the Bay Area where his career began. The slugger played 11 seasons for the Oakland Athletics, winning a World Series in 1989.

McGwire signed autographs in the dugout before the game.

San Francisco snapped a three-game skid against left-handed starters.

Notes

Giants SS Edgar Renteria was scratched after his troublesome left shoulder began bothering him again. Juan Uribe moved to SS to replace him and Matt Downs was inserted to play 2B. ... Wilson has held opposing hitters to just two hits in 21 at-bats over his first six outings. ... Cardinals SS Felipe Lopez was given an extra day to rest his sore right elbow. He hasn't played since Tuesday. ... St. Louis C Jason LaRue (sore right hamstring) rejoined the team in San Francisco and took early batting practice. He's on schedule to return from the disabled list Tuesday. ... The Giants drew 42,860 for their fourth sellout of the year.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 3
K 8
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B5010033 .222
Ryan Ludwick, RF3000122 .311
Albert Pujols, 1B4010022 .292
Matt Holliday, LF4110002 .306
Colby Rasmus, CF3010111 .277
Yadier Molina, C4021001 .268
David Freese, 3B4000011 .289
Brendan Ryan, SS2000112 .188
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH1000010 .256
Jaime Garcia, P2010012 .167
   b- Allen Craig, PH1000000 .067
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   c- Nick Stavinoha, PH1010000 .300
Totals34181312  
a-struck out for Ryan in the 9th
b-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
c-singled for Boggs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (4, Lincecum), Colby Rasmus (3, Romo)
RBI - Yadier Molina (9)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (2)
SB - Matt Holliday (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/Molina), Yadier Molina (1, 2nd base off Lincecum/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols, Schumaker-Ryan-Pujols
E - Brendan Ryan (2, Throwing), Skip Schumaker (2, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jaime Garcia (L,1-1) 6742320 1.42
Blake Hawksworth 1000010 0.00
Mitchell Boggs 1000010 4.50
HBP - Schierholtz (by Jaime Garcia)
WP - Jaime Garcia (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 89-54, Blake Hawksworth 9-7, Mitchell Boggs 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 12-3, Blake Hawksworth 1-1, Mitchell Boggs 2-0
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 28, Blake Hawksworth 3, Mitchell Boggs 3
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, CF4110001 .136
Mark DeRosa, LF4120000 .267
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010001 .317
Aubrey Huff, 1B3200111 .254
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000000 .333
Bengie Molina, C3010100 .318
Juan Uribe, SS4000014 .298
Matt Downs, 2B3010110 .500
Nate Schierholtz, RF2011000 .320
Tim Lincecum, P3000015 .300
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals3047134  
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (1, Garcia)
RBI - Nate Schierholtz (2)
2-OUT RBI - Nate Schierholtz (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Downs-Uribe-Huff
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (W,4-0) 7611380 1.00
Sergio Romo (H,2) 1100010 1.17
Brian Wilson (S,3) 1100030 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 120-71, Sergio Romo 17-12, Brian Wilson 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-5, Sergio Romo 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 29, Sergio Romo 4, Brian Wilson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42860
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Bill Miller