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SAN FRANCISCO -- A near-perfect day for the Texas Rangers pitching staff ended the same way so many others have this season: in the training room.
Alexi Ogando pitched three perfect innings before leaving with a strained groin after a bunt single, combining with three relievers on a three-hitter to lead Texas past the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday.
The Rangers also shut out San Francisco for the first time this season in a 5-0 victory Friday.
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"Seemed like everything we tried to do," Texas manager Ron Washington said, "worked for us."
Well, almost everything.
The AL West-leading Rangers tagged Tim Lincecum (2-7) for all their runs and finished a 4-6 road trip. Even still, the Bay Area finale left its mark.
Ogando, who made his first start of the season filling in for injured Derek Holland, could be the latest Texas starter headed for the disabled list.
"Right now it feels pretty bad," said Ogando, scheduled to have an MRI exam Monday back in Texas. "I feel bad because of the situation we're in but that's something that happens in baseball."
Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler each drove in two runs to chase Lincecum after 5 2/3 innings in the fifth straight loss for San Francisco's shaggy-haired ace. He allowed nine hits, struck out five and walked four.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been erratic all season.
Sunday was no different.
Lincecum labored through a 30-pitch first inning -- walking three straight with two outs -- before striking out the side in the second on a rare warm, windless day at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark. In the third, Elvis Andrus tripled and scored on Adrian Beltre's two-out double to give Texas a 1-0 lead.
Everything really unraveled for the Giants in the fourth.
Three consecutive singles by the Rangers loaded the bases, the last coming on a bunt by Ogando that trickled between Lincecum and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Ogando limped off the field after the play, leaving with a right groin strain after throwing 39 pitches.
Kinsler hit a two-run double to left to put the Rangers ahead 3-0. Lincecum got Beltre to pop out to right with the bases loaded, but he never settled into a rhythm.
Hamilton hit another two-run double in the sixth to extend Texas' lead to 5-0 and send Lincecum into another four days of misery. The lanky right-hander is winless in eight straight starts.
Lincecum, who pitched the Game 5 World Series clincher for the Giants at Texas in 2010 and also helped beat the Rangers earlier in that Series, has a 6.00 ERA this season.
"I was just looking to come in and compete against a very good team, try to right what I've been doing wrong the last 10 starts," Lincecum said. "I didn't do that. Executing my pitches is the biggest problem. I had a good second inning and I wanted to carry that over but nothing was smooth."
This time, the stars on the mound belonged to the Rangers.
Not until Huff's pinch-hit double off Ross with one out in the sixth did the Giants even get a hit. Gregor Blanco followed with a grounder to the pitcher, Huff was tagged out in a rundown heading for third and Beltre's throw nabbed Blanco leaning too far off first for a double play.
Angel Pagan and Nate Schierholtz singled off Adams in the eighth. Then Kinsler snagged a grounder by Brandon Crawford at second and flipped it back-handed to Andrus out of his glove to start another dramatic double play.
The biggest relief for Texas, though, came on the mound.
Washington was hoping for about 60 pitches from Ogando, who took the turn in the rotation for Holland after the left-hander landed on the disabled list Thursday with a fatigued throwing shoulder. He also had a stomach virus that caused him to lose about 15 pounds.
Ogando, who has made 27 relief appearances this season, was in line to make at least one more start. He will head back to the bullpen when Holland and Roy Oswalt -- who is scheduled to throw about 80 pitches for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday -- are healthy enough to rejoin the rotation.
The bullpen bonanza came two days after six Seattle relievers combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I wanted Ogando to keep going to possibly get that, which was sweet," Ross said. "Then I get in there and after the first inning I'm like, 'Oh, dang, we have a no-hitter going.' After that, I kind of forgot. That's part of it."
|Alexi Ogando gets checked out by a trainer and Rangers manager Ron Washington after injuring himself in the fourth inning. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||2||2||0||1||1||.273|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||5||2||1||0||0||1||4||.294|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||3||0||1||2||2||1||1||.338|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||0||4||.296|
|David Murphy, RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.252|
|Mike Napoli, C||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.253|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||3||0||.277|
|Craig Gentry, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.340|
|Alexi Ogando, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.500|
|Matt Harrison, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Robbie Ross, P||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Nelson Cruz, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Mike Adams, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Nathan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Ross in the 8th|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (21, Lincecum), Josh Hamilton (14, Lincecum), Adrian Beltre (13, Lincecum)|
|3B - Elvis Andrus (4, Lincecum), David Murphy (1, Loux)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (30), Josh Hamilton 2 (61), Adrian Beltre (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (13), Adrian Beltre (17)|
|SB - Josh Hamilton (6, 2nd base off Lincecum/Posey)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Ross-Beltre-Moreland, Kinsler-Andrus-Moreland|
|E - Ian Kinsler (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|Robbie Ross (W,6-0)||4||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.30|
|WP - Mike Adams (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alexi Ogando 39-26, Robbie Ross 45-31, Mike Adams 16-12, Joe Nathan 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alexi Ogando 5-2, Robbie Ross 7-3, Mike Adams 1-0, Joe Nathan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Alexi Ogando 9, Robbie Ross 13, Mike Adams 4, Joe Nathan 3|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.283|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Buster Posey, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Angel Pagan, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.321|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Emmanuel Burriss, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.217|
|Shane Loux, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.248|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Tim Lincecum, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.105|
|Aubrey Huff, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.155|
|a-struck out for Kontos in the 8th|
|2B - Aubrey Huff (3, Ross)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tim Lincecum (L,2-7)||5.2||9||5||5||4||5||0||6.00|
|IBB - Hamilton by Tim Lincecum|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 104-65, Jeremy Affeldt 15-11, George Kontos 10-8, Shane Loux 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 6-6, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0, George Kontos 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 30, Jeremy Affeldt 4, George Kontos 4, Shane Loux 4|
|Attendance - 42418|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|