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Beltran goes hitless in debut as Giants beat Phillies

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- The San Francisco Giants may not need much offense from Carlos Beltran if they play the Phillies again in the postseason.

Tim Lincecum threw six scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval hit a solo homer and the Giants beat Philadelphia 4-1 on Thursday night in their first game with Beltran.

The All-Star outfielder was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his debut with the defending World Series champions, who won two of three against the major league-leading Phillies in a rematch of the NLCS.

Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain dominated the Phillies last October, and they did so again in this series.

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"Our pitchers did a great job and we got the hits when we needed," manager Bruce Bochy said. "They're a great club."

Lincecum (9-8) showed no negative effects from the stomach illness that forced him to push his start back two days. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits, struck out six and worked around four walks.

"I felt fine, a little fatigued but I just tried to keep a good pace," Lincecum said.

The Phillies hadn't lost consecutive games since June 4. They went a club-record 45 straight games without dropping two straight.

Sandoval gave the NL West leaders a 1-0 lead when he led off the second inning with an opposite-field shot to left. It was Sandoval's 10th homer, becoming the first Giant to reach double digits this season. Beltran hit 15 for the Mets before he was traded to San Francisco for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

The addition of Beltran should bolster a sagging offense that's near the bottom in the major statistical categories. Beltran started in right field and batted third. He contributed defensively, making a sliding catch to rob Jimmy Rollins of a hit on a shallow fly in the fifth. Beltran's streak of reaching base safely was snapped at 32 games.

"I'm not going to lie. I took a deep breath when I saw him slide and the turf flew up," Bochy said of Beltran's catch. "He plays hard. That's how he is. He's very athletic."

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (5-5) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Giants went up 2-0 in the fourth when Nate Schierholtz ripped an RBI single. Aubrey Huff hit a two-out double and scored on Schierholtz's liner to right-center.

In the seventh, the Giants had runners at first and third with one out when pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand hit a grounder to third. Michael Martinez bobbled it and then made a wild throw to first base. Schierholtz scored from third and Chris Stewart came all the way around from first, sliding in safely on a close play at the plate to make it 4-0.

Ramon Ramirez took over for Lincecum to start the seventh. He gave up a double to Carlos Ruiz. Chase Utley drove him in when he hit a double off Jeremy Affeldt later in the inning.

Brian Wilson finished for his 33rd save in 37 chances.

Before the at-bat against Affeldt, Utley had stranded five runners, including three in scoring position, in his first three times up.

The Phillies had a runner on third with one out in the first after Rollins led off with a double and advanced on a bunt. But Utley popped out to shortstop and Ryan Howard struck out. Utley struck out with men on first and third to end the third. He struck out with two runners on to end the fifth.

"We can beat them," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I know we can. They're not in our head."

A crowd of 45,646 on Fireworks Night was the 192nd straight sellout, including postseason play, at Citizens Bank Park. They gave Beltran an earful of boos when he batted in the first.

Notes

  • Roy Oswalt [back] is expected to make another rehab start before possibly rejoining Philadelphia's rotation.
  • All-Star 3B Placido Polanco is moving closer toward returning to the Phillies. He's scheduled to play nine innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.
  • Rollins snapped an 0-for-19 slump with his double.
  • The Giants designated INF Bill Hall for assignment and optioned UTL Emmanuel Burriss to Triple-A Fresno.
  • San Francisco is 8-1 in rubber games of series.
 
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New Giants outfielder Carlos Beltran goes 0 for 4 in his debut, San Francisco beats the Phillies with solid pitching.  (Getty Images)
New Giants outfielder Carlos Beltran goes 0 for 4 in his debut, San Francisco beats the Phillies with solid pitching. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

T. Lincecum
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 4
K 6
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4010012 .235
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4000002 .294
Carlos Beltran, RF4000020 .286
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4111010 .297
Aubrey Huff, 1B3110100 .239
    Brandon Belt, 1B0000000 .232
Nate Schierholtz, LF3111101 .283
Brandon Crawford, SS4000003 .195
Chris Stewart, C4110001 .211
Tim Lincecum, P2010000 .105
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1001000 .244
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals3346324  
a-grounded out for Lincecum in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (18, Kendrick)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (10, Kendrick)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (37), Nate Schierholtz (38), Aaron Rowand (21)
2-OUT RBI - Nate Schierholtz (16)
CS - Andres Torres (4, 2nd base by Kendrick/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Ramon Ramirez (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (W,9-8) 6300460 2.78
Ramon Ramirez 0.2110010 2.16
Jeremy Affeldt (H,11) 1100000 2.98
Sergio Romo (H,18) 0.1000000 1.83
Brian Wilson (S,33) 1100020 2.72
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 101-61, Ramon Ramirez 18-12, Jeremy Affeldt 14-10, Sergio Romo 2-2, Brian Wilson 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 4-8, Ramon Ramirez 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 25, Ramon Ramirez 4, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Sergio Romo 1, Brian Wilson 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010103 .263
Michael Martinez, 3B3000112 .218
Chase Utley, 2B4011025 .281
Ryan Howard, 1B4000013 .246
Shane Victorino, CF3010100 .299
Raul Ibanez, LF4000002 .245
Domonic Brown, RF3000012 .247
   a- Ben Francisco, PH-RF1000000 .222
Carlos Ruiz, C3110120 .265
Kyle Kendrick, P2010011 .250
    Juan Perez, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   b- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000011 .255
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
   c- Ross Gload, PH1010000 .279
Totals3316149  
a-fouled out for Brown in the 8th
b-struck out for Lidge in the 7th
c-doubled for Herndon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (18, Lincecum), Chase Utley (13, Affeldt), Carlos Ruiz (15, Ramirez), Ross Gload (4, Wilson)
SH - Michael Martinez (3)
RBI - Chase Utley (28)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (14)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Michael Martinez (3, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (L,5-5) 6.1643241 3.52
Juan Perez 0.1000000 4.15
Brad Lidge 0.1000000 0.00
Michael Stutes 1000000 3.11
David Herndon 1000000 4.64
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 102-62, Juan Perez 3-1, Brad Lidge 4-3, Michael Stutes 9-7, David Herndon 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 10-5, Brad Lidge 1-0, Michael Stutes 1-2, David Herndon 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 27, Juan Perez 1, Brad Lidge 1, Michael Stutes 3, David Herndon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45646
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Mark Carlson