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Lincecum lights up Padres with his arm and bat

SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres keep reminding themselves they're still in first place in the NL West.

They are, but only by the slimmest margin.

Tim Lincecum looked every bit a two-time Cy Young Award winner and had a two-run single as the San Francisco Giants roughed up San Diego ace Mat Latos to win 6-1 Sunday and cut the struggling Padres' lead to less than one percentage point.

Postseason Chase

The Giants won three of four games after having lost nine of their first 11 against the Padres this year. Overall, the Giants have won 10 of 14 while the Padres have lost 13 of 17. San Diego scored only five runs in the four games and has scored four or fewer runs in each of its last 16 games.

San Diego (80-62) leads San Francisco (81-63) by .5634 to .5625. Colorado is just 1½ games back after winning its 10th straight.

"To be able to look back at it, we lost 10 in a row and we're still in first place," Latos said. "Whether we're sharing it or not, we lost 10 games and we're still in first place. Obviously that right there can make a statement. If we keep taking series like we've always tried to do, we still should have no problem with winning it."

The Padres and Giants close the season with a three-game series at San Francisco Oct. 1-3.

"This thing looks like it's going to the wire," said San Francisco's Bruce Bochy, who was forced out as manager of the Padres after they were eliminated from the 2006 playoffs by St. Louis. "Right now, we just have to worry about what we can control."

Rookie Buster Posey hit a two-run homer off Latos (14-6), who had his worst start since April 26. The Giants ended Latos' big league-record streak of 15 straight starts of five or more innings with two or fewer runs allowed.

"It's something that I was able to accomplish, and I'm thankful for it," Latos said of his streak. "It wakes you up to a whole different aspect of baseball. To be able to have that kind of success for such a long time, you're bound to have a bad one and it makes you appreciate the little things more."

Latos, who came in leading the majors with a 2.21 ERA, was gone after four innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked two. His ERA rose to 2.43. They were the most runs he'd allowed since tying his career-high by giving up seven runs in a 10-1 loss at Florida on April 26 while lasting just 2 2-3 innings, the shortest outing of his big league career.

"I just had a bad outing," Latos said.

The previous time he gave up three runs was in a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia on June 4.

Lincecum (14-9) has won three straight starts following a career-worst five-game losing streak. The two-time Cy Young Award winner held San Diego to one run and seven hits in seven innings and struck out nine to take over the NL lead with 208. He is the fourth pitcher in Giants history to have more than 200 strikeouts in three consecutive seasons.

Posey homered to right with two outs in the first and Aubrey Huff aboard on a single.

That lead helped Lincecum.

"You have to take advantage of every run you get and turn it into shutdown mode after that," said Lincecum, who added that his slider was the best it's been in a while.

"You hit around Latos the way we did, especially when we haven't been able to do much against him, this series is huge," Lincecum said. "Coming out and scoring two runs in the first inning is huge. It set the pace."

Jose Guillen hit a sacrifice fly in the third and Lincecum hit a two-run single in the fourth that landed just inside the left-field line.

San Diego broke through against Lincecum in the fifth when Will Venable legged out a leadoff triple to right and scored on David Eckstein's two-out single to center.

San Diego's Chase Headley said Lincecum was consistently ahead in the count and threw all his pitches for strikes.

"He's as good as there is when he's on," Headley said. "He pitched a good game."

Headley said it was "unfortunate" that the Padres are scuffling offensively. "It seems like we kind of had everyone go into a funk at the same time. The only good thing about that is, sometimes you get everyone out of the funk at the same time, too. We would have liked to play better this series, but we didn't. We're still tied for first. It's not the end of the world. We can still go out and play well, and if we do, that we're going to be in the playoffs."

Notes

  • Padres RHP Chris Young was encouraged by his third rehab start, in which he allowed three hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one walk for Class A Lake Elsinore on Saturday night. Asked if he feels good enough to pitch in the bigs again this year, he said: "Yes. No doubt about it."
 
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Tim Lincecum reaches back and delivers something special during a critical game against the Padres.  (AP)
Tim Lincecum reaches back and delivers something special during a critical game against the Padres. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Rowand, CF5000013 .231
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000021 .286
    Mike Fontenot, 2B1000011 .284
Aubrey Huff, 1B5230011 .294
Buster Posey, C4122110 .324
Jose Guillen, RF3001020 .260
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   a- Edgar Renteria, PH1000013 .273
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Pat Burrell, LF4020001 .253
    Cody Ross, PR-LF0100000 .261
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3100101 .267
Juan Uribe, SS4120002 .251
Tim Lincecum, P2012110 .111
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1010000 .256
Totals376115310  
a-struck out for Romo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell (19, Latos), Juan Uribe (22, Latos)
HR - Buster Posey (13, Latos)
SF - Jose Guillen (6)
RBI - Buster Posey 2 (59), Jose Guillen (69), Tim Lincecum 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey 2 (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Huff
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (W,14-9) 7711190 3.60
Sergio Romo 1000010 2.44
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2200000 4.27
Brian Wilson 0.1000010 1.79
HBP - Tejada (by Tim Lincecum)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 109-78, Sergio Romo 8-6, Jeremy Affeldt 11-8, Brian Wilson 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 6-5, Sergio Romo 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 29, Sergio Romo 3, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Brian Wilson 1
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Luis Durango, CF4010011 .286
   a- Scott Hairston, PH0000000 .217
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000012 .217
David Eckstein, 2B4011013 .269
Miguel Tejada, SS3000011 .263
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010001 .305
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010031 .286
Chase Headley, 3B4020011 .266
Ryan Ludwick, RF3000114 .258
Will Venable, LF3120011 .227
   c- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000001 .249
Mat Latos, P1000011 .125
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   d- Mike Baxter, PH1000001 .000
    Adam Russell, P0000000 .000
   e- Oscar Salazar, PH1000001 .227
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
   f- Aaron Cunningham, PH1010000 .304
Totals35191111  
a-announced for Durango in the 9th
b-struck out for Hairston in the 9th
c-popped out for Venable in the 9th
d-fouled out for Mujica in the 5th
e-flied out for Russell in the 7th
f-singled for Ramos in the 9th
Batting
3B - Will Venable (6, Lincecum)
RBI - David Eckstein (25)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein (14)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Luis Durango 1
E - Luis Durango (1, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (L,14-6) 4755241 2.43
Edward Mujica 1000020 3.09
Adam Russell 2000020 2.77
Ernesto Frieri 1210000 2.22
Cesar Ramos 1200120 14.85
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 86-57, Edward Mujica 16-11, Adam Russell 27-17, Ernesto Frieri 18-12, Cesar Ramos 35-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 3-5, Edward Mujica 1-0, Adam Russell 2-2, Cesar Ramos 1-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 21, Edward Mujica 3, Adam Russell 6, Ernesto Frieri 5, Cesar Ramos 6
Game Information
Attendance - 33876
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Jerry Crawford