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Diamondbacks hand Lincecum fifth straight loss

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum's downward spiral is taking San Francisco's playoff hopes along for the ride.

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The Giants' ace, stuck in the worst run of his career, lost his fifth straight start after giving up a three-run home run to Adam LaRoche in a 6-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

The winner of the last two NL Cy Young awards, Lincecum gave up four runs on five hits in six innings in his latest setback and has a 7.82 ERA in August.

"I'm pretty ready for [September]," Lincecum said. "This has been one of those things you have to take with a punch and just roll with it. It's not fun to go through. You have to fight through it. The last thing I want to do is give up or give in to what's going on now."

Lincecum (11-9) has tried just about everything to break his slump but hasn't had much luck.

The right-hander wore striped stirrups for the first time this season but opened the game with a four-pitch walk to Drew. He struck out the next two batters then walked Chris Young before LaRoche homered on a 1-2 pitch into McCovey Cove.

The Diamondbacks tacked on another run off Lincecum in the third when Drew tripled and scored on Justin Upton's sacrifice fly.

Since opening the season 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA, Lincecum has struggled more than at any other time in his career. He hasn't won since July 30 and is 6-9 with a 4.80 ERA over his last 19 starts.

"He was having trouble getting settled in," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was very encouraging to see how he finished up and he threw the ball very well. That counts too. Unfortunately we didn't have the bats going tonight to make up for it."

The loss dropped San Francisco a half-game behind Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race. The Giants are six games behind San Diego in the West.

Barry Enright and two relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Giants.

Enright secured 157 tickets to the game for family and friends, who made the 80-mile trek to see the Diamondbacks hand Lincecum his latest loss.

"There were quite a few people here and I heard a few cheers when I went out," said Enright, who struck out four and walked two. "It was a pretty cool homecoming. Obviously I had nerves, maybe even more so knowing everyone's here."

Stephen Drew doubled, tripled and scored three times for the Diamondbacks, who entered the night with the third-worst record in baseball. Arizona lost nine of their previous 13 games before jumping on Lincecum and the Giants early.

LaRoche provided the big hit with a three-run homer off Lincecum in the first inning, his 22nd of the year. LaRoche is batting .326 with eight home runs in August and needs six RBI to break the franchise record for first basemen.

"When you get in a hole like that in the first inning obviously it puts your defense and your offense trying to fight back," Lincecum said. "It's a tough situation to be in. Just one pitch."

While Lincecum was struggling, Enright was stellar in his second start against the Giants this season.

He pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the third and got plenty of backing from Arizona's defense. The Diamondbacks turned a 3-6-1 double play in the second and left fielder Gerardo Parra made a diving catch on Pat Burrell's sinking line drive in the fourth.

San Francisco put two runners on base again in the fifth but Enright (5-2) struck out Buster Posey.

"He's had many games like that throughout the year," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He had a lot of pressure on him because he was going against Lincecum and I think he had like 200 people he left tickets for. As he has shown before, he handles that type of pressure very well."

Enright scattered six hits over seven innings with four strikeouts and two walks for Arizona, which had lost six straight at AT&T Park.

Blaine Boyer pitched the eighth and D.J. Carrasco recorded the final three outs for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona scored twice in the ninth on Kelly Johnson's second double of the night. Johnson finished 3 for 5.

Jose Guillen and Freddy Sanchez had two hits apiece for the Giants.

Notes

  • Posey left the game in the eighth inning with a mild left forearm strain and is day to day.
  • Enright has pitched at least five innings and allowed fewer than three runs in each of his 11 starts this season.
  • LaRoche's homer off Lincecum is the second time he's homered into McCovey Cove off the Giants' ace.
  • The Giants lost for the second time in 11 games while wearing their orange jerseys this season.
  • San Francisco 2B Freddy Sanchez was charged with an error in the ninth inning when he bobbled pinch-hitter Ryan Roberts' grounder. It's Sanchez's first error since Sept. 19, 2009.
  • Sanchez is 11 for 15 over his last four games.
  • Drew's last nine hits have all gone for extra bases.
 
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Adam LaRoche takes a long look at his 22nd homer of the season to help the slumping Diamondbacks.  (AP)
Adam LaRoche takes a long look at his 22nd homer of the season to help the slumping Diamondbacks. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

K. Johnson
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

B. Enright
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
 

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HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS4320100 .269
Justin Upton, RF3011111 .272
Kelly Johnson, 2B5032022 .281
Chris Young, CF4110114 .268
Adam LaRoche, 1B4113112 .268
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000125 .209
Miguel Montero, C4000001 .282
Gerardo Parra, LF3000110 .243
Barry Enright, P3000012 .304
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1100000 .136
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Totals3568669  
a-grounded out for Boyer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (27, Affeldt), Kelly Johnson 2 (34, Lincecum, Affeldt)
3B - Stephen Drew (9, Lincecum)
HR - Adam LaRoche (22, Lincecum)
SF - Justin Upton (7)
RBI - Justin Upton (66), Kelly Johnson 2 (58), Adam LaRoche 3 (82)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche 3 (35)
SB - Justin Upton (15, 2nd base off Ramirez/Posey), Mark Reynolds (7, 3rd base off Lincecum/Posey)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Drew-Enright
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Enright (W,5-2) 7600240 2.44
Blaine Boyer 1100120 4.15
D.J. Carrasco 1000010 3.78
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Enright 99-67, Blaine Boyer 18-10, D.J. Carrasco 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Enright 10-6, Blaine Boyer 1-0, D.J. Carrasco 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Enright 28, Blaine Boyer 5, D.J. Carrasco 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF3000123 .285
Buster Posey, C3000014 .329
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH-3B1000000 .287
Aubrey Huff, 1B-RF3000100 .298
Pat Burrell, LF3010111 .254
Jose Guillen, RF4020012 .267
    Eli Whiteside, C0000000 .230
Pablo Sandoval, 3B-1B4000014 .273
Juan Uribe, SS4010000 .254
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4020010 .283
Tim Lincecum, P1010000 .107
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000001 .250
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   c- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000000 .277
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a-grounded out for Posey in the 8th
b-flied out for Ramirez in the 7th
c-grounded out for Casilla in the 9th
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SH - Tim Lincecum (10)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Buster Posey (6, Throwing), Freddy Sanchez (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (L,11-9) 6544461 3.80
Ramon Ramirez 1100010 3.70
Jeremy Affeldt 1.1221110 4.24
Santiago Casilla 0.2000110 2.03
IBB - Parra by Tim Lincecum, Upton by Jeremy Affeldt, LaRoche by Santiago Casilla
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Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 105-65, Ramon Ramirez 20-12, Jeremy Affeldt 23-13, Santiago Casilla 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 6-6, Jeremy Affeldt 1-3, Santiago Casilla 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 27, Ramon Ramirez 4, Jeremy Affeldt 8, Santiago Casilla 3
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Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn