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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum fumed in the dugout after being pulled in the fifth. Manager Bruce Bochy took a couple of minutes to calm down his ace.
Now, the skipper wants San Francisco's overeager offense to chill out, too.
Yovani Gallardo struck out six in seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers stymied San Francisco for the second straight game, knocking the Giants out of first place in the NL West with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.
"I do think we're trying to do too much, overswinging a little bit," Bochy said. "We've got to calm down a little bit. I know they all want to be the guy."
The Giants fell a half-game back of San Diego after the Padres won 8-4 at St. Louis. San Francisco dropped two games behind Atlanta in the NL wild-card race.
The Giants had regained the top spot in the division with a 10-2 rout of the rival Dodgers on Thursday, but have managed only one run in two games since against the non-contending Brewers (69-78).
"We're a funny team that way," Bochy said. "We put big runs up or we get shut down."
Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run single in the fourth inning that held up for Gallardo (13-7). The right-hander matched his career high for wins also done last year. Gallardo outlasted Lincecum (14-10) and followed up Randy Wolf's three-hitter from a 3-0 win Friday.
Bochy removed Lincecum after five innings and a season-low 72 pitches. San Francisco trailed 2-0 when Lincecum left. The Brewers figured he was injured.
"He's their ace, he's their guy," Milwaukee's Ryan Braun said. "He's been the best pitcher in the National League the last two years. I thought he was hurt. I didn't know what happened. I was surprised he came out."
The two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner was visibly upset in the dugout when Nate Schierholtz was called upon to pinch hit in his place in the fifth. Mike Fontenot followed Schierholtz with an RBI groundout that inning.
Lincecum acknowledged he let his frustration show for everybody to see.
"I don't think any pitcher in here wants to go five and dive. At the same time, I understand it," he said. "I was a little more heated than I usually get. The emotions got the best of me in that situation."
He recently got back on track and had put together a strong September so far. He rebounded from a career-worst five-start skid by winning his last three starts.
With 7 2/3 innings Saturday, Lincecum would have become just the fifth pitcher in franchise history with three straight seasons with 200 strikeouts and 200 innings. He will have to wait until his next start to join Mickey Welch (1884-86), Amos Rusie (four seasons, 1890-1893) and Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson (1903-05) and Juan Marichal (four seasons, 1963-1966).
Milwaukee manager Ken Macha defended Bochy's move with Lincecum.
"Took a chance. Maybe he felt that was his only chance to score some runs," Macha said.
Gallardo allowed one run on five hits and walked only one batter. He won his second straight start after he beat the Cubs last time out to end a five-start winless stretch. He was 0-2 with three no-decisions during that time. John Axford needed 21 pitches in the ninth to earn his 22nd save in 24 chances -- 11 of those to strike out Buster Posey. Axford extended his Brewers rookie record.
Struggling Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval returned to the starting lineup against a right-handed starter after sitting the two previous games against lefties.
Sandoval ended an 0-for-16 stretch with a bloop single to shallow left leading off the fifth. It was just his fourth hit in his last 39 at-bats -- and fourth of the month.
"Just trying too much in a stressful situation," Sandoval said to sum up San Francisco's offensive trouble. "We're going to try to get back to first place in the division."
Giants center fielder Andres Torres, recovering from an emergency appendectomy last Sunday in San Diego, could begin some physical activity in the coming days. Bochy said a "best-case scenario" could have Torres available to play again late next week.
Playing Fontenot, Bochy used his fifth different leadoff hitter in six games since Torres went down.
|Jonathan Lucroy hits a two RBI single off Tim Lincecum to help the Brewers defeat the Giants for the second straight night. (AP)|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.263|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.278|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.307|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.271|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.282|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.240|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||.266|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.259|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Joe Inglett, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Loe in the 9th|
|RBI - Jonathan Lucroy 2 (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy 2 (9)|
|SB - Carlos Gomez (16, 2nd base off Lincecum/Posey)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Lucroy-Escobar|
|Yovani Gallardo (W,13-7)||7||5||1||1||1||6||0||3.55|
|Kameron Loe (H,19)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.60|
|John Axford (S,22)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.15|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 101-60, Kameron Loe 15-11, John Axford 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 8-6, Kameron Loe 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 26, Kameron Loe 3, John Axford 3|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Mike Fontenot, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.286|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.248|
|Aubrey Huff, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.290|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.321|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.248|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.264|
|Jose Guillen, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.265|
|Cody Ross, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Tim Lincecum, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|a- Nate Schierholtz, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Runzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Brian Wilson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Lincecum in the 5th|
|b-flied out for Romo in the 8th|
|SH - Tim Lincecum (12)|
|RBI - Mike Fontenot (24)|
|CS - Mike Fontenot (4, 2nd base by Gallardo/Lucroy)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tim Lincecum (L,14-10)||5||6||2||2||2||3||0||3.60|
|IBB - Fielder by Tim Lincecum|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 72-48, Ramon Ramirez 28-21, Dan Runzler 2-2, Sergio Romo 7-5, Brian Wilson 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-5, Ramon Ramirez 3-3, Dan Runzler 1-0, Brian Wilson 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 23, Ramon Ramirez 7, Dan Runzler 1, Sergio Romo 2, Brian Wilson 3|
|Attendance - 41767|
|Game Time - 2:36|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|