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Giants' Lincecum ends winless drought behind Burrell's homer

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum acknowledges his confidence took a hit during his recent rough patch.

"I looked like I was lost," he said. "I'm finding my way. ... I've quit doubting myself."

It sure seems that way -- and it didn't hurt to get plenty of support and even see a couple of balls clear the fences.

Pat Burrell hit a go-ahead two-run homer in his Giants home debut back in his native Bay Area, helping Lincecum end a four-start winless streak and lead San Francisco past the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Friday in the Bay Bridge Series.

Bengie Molina added a two-run shot in the sixth off Gio Gonzalez (6-4), ending a 98 at-bat homerless streak.

"It feels pretty good. It's just been so long," Molina said.

The two runs from Burrell's homer doubled the Giants' total from all three games of a sweep by the A's last month in Oakland. His first drive since joining San Francisco on June 4 also snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak against the A's.

Lincecum (6-2), the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, won for the first time since May 15 against Houston and ended a two-start skid at home.

The right-hander sure seems back on track. He allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out seven and walked one in eight innings. His fastball found its spots and his off-speed stuff was right on target, too.

"That's the Timmy we know," manager Bruce Bochy said. "More than anything it was the rhythm he had going. His confidence grew. It looks like he's back on track. That's big for us."

Brian Wilson relieved Jeremy Affeldt in the ninth with two outs and runners on the corners, getting Cliff Pennington on a called third strike to end the 2-hour, 21-minute game for his 16th save in 18 chances.

Bochy moved rookie Buster Posey up to the No. 3 hole for the first time and dropped the struggling Pablo Sandoval to seventh. Posey delivered with an RBI triple in the seventh, when San Francisco scored another run on Tyson Ross' wild pitch.

The hit gave Posey a 10-game hitting streak, longest by an NL rookie in 2010.

Oakland's Kevin Kouzmanoff extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single in the first that scored Ryan Sweeney after he advanced twice on wild pitches. It took Lincecum 17 pitches to get through the inning. After that, he cruised.

"As you get older, you expect more out of yourself, so the struggles are harder to take," Lincecum said. "It's nice to find my way out of the hole and know it's not an endless hole."

Gabe Gross grounded out to end the first, starting a stretch in which Lincecum retired 16 of 17 batters and allowed only a one-out walk to Mark Ellis in the third before Kouzmanoff singled leading off the seventh. Jack Cust had a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth for the A's, who were managed by bench coach Tye Waller as Bob Geren was attending the high school graduation of his son, Bobby.

Gonzalez lost for the first time in six starts since a defeat May 12 at Texas. The lefty combined with closer Andrew Bailey on a three-hit shutout of San Francisco on May 22.

"They did their homework and they went out there and showed it," Gonzalez said.

The Giants were eager to make up for that awful series against the A's.

"We remember," Molina said. "We're not trying to put these games as being key to the season but we want to come out and score some runs. Guys were pumped. I hope we bring that same intensity tomorrow."

Gonzalez struck out on four pitches in his first career at-bat and first since 2006 while with Double-A Reading in the Phillies organization. He was 2 for 16 that season.

"He took one, then made a funny comment like, 'Whoa, that was fast,"' Molina said.

Ellis stole second against Lincecum in the third. Runners have gone 17 of 17 on steal attempts with Lincecum on the mound dating to last season, including 14 for 14 this year.

But Ellis also was called out in a close play at the plate in the first inning on a throw home from Posey at first.

The Giants improved to 5-0 while wearing their "Orange Friday" home jerseys, outscoring opponents 28-7.

Notes

  • Giants LF Mark DeRosa, sidelined while dealing with numbness and nerve irritation in his left wrist and hand, was undergoing further tests Friday. A decision on the next step for him could be made in the coming days, and surgery is a possibility.
  • Oakland CF Rajai Davis, whose left hamstring tightened up on a triple Monday, missed his fourth straight start but was expected to return to the lineup Saturday.
  • C Landon Powell was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Kurt Suzuki, who is on the bereavement list for the weekend series.
  • The Giants sold out for the eighth time this season (41,817).
 
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Bay Area native Pat Burrell hits the go-ahead home run in his first home game with the Giants. (AP)
Bay Area native Pat Burrell hits the go-ahead home run in his first home game with the Giants. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
 
Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B3010101 .278
Daric Barton, 1B3010011 .284
Ryan Sweeney, RF4100002 .314
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4031010 .280
Gabe Gross, CF3000002 .274
   a- Adam Rosales, PH1000001 .278
Landon Powell, C4010031 .260
Eric Patterson, LF3000021 .210
   b- Jake Fox, PH1010000 .221
Cliff Pennington, SS4110012 .208
Gio Gonzalez, P2000010 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Tyson Ross, P0000000 .000
   c- Jack Cust, PH1011000 .284
    Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
Totals3329219  
a-lined out for Gross in the 9th
b-singled for Patterson in the 9th
c-singled for Ross in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (6, Lincecum)
3B - Cliff Pennington (2, Lincecum)
SH - Daric Barton (9)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (33), Jack Cust (10)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (13)
SB - Mark Ellis (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Ellis-Barton, Pennington-Ellis-Barton
Oakland Athletics
Gio Gonzalez (L,6-4) 5.1644442 3.79
Brad Ziegler 0.2000010 2.70
Tyson Ross 1222110 6.32
Jerry Blevins 1000000 4.30
WP - Tyson Ross (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 105-60, Brad Ziegler 11-8, Tyson Ross 20-12, Jerry Blevins 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 4-6, Tyson Ross 1-1, Jerry Blevins 2-1
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 24, Brad Ziegler 2, Tyson Ross 6, Jerry Blevins 3
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, RF-LF2100201 .292
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4120011 .337
Buster Posey, 1B4011002 .429
Juan Uribe, SS3220101 .285
Pat Burrell, LF3112003 .225
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000011 .277
Bengie Molina, C4122000 .261
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000100 .279
Aaron Rowand, CF3000120 .223
Tim Lincecum, P3000023 .107
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals3068556  
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (6, Ross)
3B - Buster Posey (1, Ross)
HR - Pat Burrell (3, G. Gonzalez), Bengie Molina (3, G. Gonzalez)
RBI - Buster Posey (7), Pat Burrell 2 (17), Bengie Molina 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell 2 (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Posey-Uribe, Sandoval-F. Sanchez-Posey
E - Jeremy Affeldt (2, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (W,6-2) 8722170 3.12
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2200010 4.43
Brian Wilson (S,16) 0.1000010 2.42
WP - Tim Lincecum 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 107-74, Jeremy Affeldt 11-7, Brian Wilson 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 14-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 30, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Brian Wilson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 41817
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tim Timmons