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PHILADELPHIA -- Starts like this used to be common for Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum (4-10) looked more like the pitcher who was a two-time Cy Young Award winner than the one who entered the game with a 5.93 ERA. He allowed two runs and five hits, striking out six. It's just the second time this season he had consecutive quality starts -- at least six innings pitched and three runs or less. He got a no-decision in San Francisco's 3-2 extra-inning win over Houston last Saturday when he threw eight scoreless innings.
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"Building consistency," Lincecum said. "Two good outings behind me. Now onto the next one and use this as a springboard."
Lincecum has allowed three runs or less in four of his last six outings.
"He had a different look, more confidence and he had great stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Ryan Howard hit a solo homer for the last-place Phillies, who have lost two in a row after winning four straight. Phillies starter Vance Worley (5-6) gave up six runs and six hits in six innings, striking out nine.
The Giants broke it open with five runs in the sixth.
Ryan Theriot led off with a single, Melky Cabrera singled and Buster Posey walked to load the bases. Pablo Sandoval's sacrifice fly made it 2-1. Nate Schierholtz walked to re-load the bases. Worley stayed in despite having already thrown 105 pitches. Crawford ripped the second pitch he saw out to right for his second career slam to put the Giants up 6-1.
"I was looking for a pitch I could hit in the air and it just went out," Crawford said.
Howard drove one out to almost straightaway center to get the Phillies within 6-2 in the bottom half. It was Howard's second homer in 25 at-bats since returning after missing the first 84 games.
Crawford's RBI single off Jeremy Horst in the eighth made it 7-2.
"I haven't been doing well with runners in scoring position so that last hit felt just as good as the grand slam," Crawford said.
A balk by Lincecum forced in Shane Victorino to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Victorino and Chase Utley hit consecutive hard singles to start the inning. After the balk, Lincecum worked out of a bases-loaded jam, retiring Placido Polanco on a bouncer to third.
"He had a better fastball tonight," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Lincecum. "He threw 89-93 miles per hour and touched 94. He changed speeds and he was locating."
The Giants tied it at 1 on Eli Whiteside's two-out RBI double to deep right in the fifth.
|Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a grand slam in Philly. (Getty Images)|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Gregor Blanco, CF||5||0||0||0||0||3||2||.246|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||1||4||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.354|
|Buster Posey, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.305|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.303|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||.250|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||4||1||2||5||0||1||0||.240|
|Eli Whiteside, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||1||.250|
|Tim Lincecum, P||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.111|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|2B - Ryan Theriot (9, Horst), Pablo Sandoval (17, Horst), Eli Whiteside (1, Worley)|
|HR - Brandon Crawford (3, Worley)|
|SF - Pablo Sandoval (2)|
|RBI - Pablo Sandoval (31), Brandon Crawford 5 (29), Eli Whiteside (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Crawford (4), Eli Whiteside (1)|
|CS - Ryan Theriot (4, 2nd base by Schwimer/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tim Lincecum (W,4-10)||7||5||2||2||2||6||1||5.72|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 110-71, Jeremy Affeldt 22-13, George Kontos 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 9-6, Jeremy Affeldt 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 28, Jeremy Affeldt 4, George Kontos 4|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.258|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.228|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.200|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.349|
|Hunter Pence, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.275|
|Juan Pierre, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.309|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.256|
|Vance Worley, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Michael Schwimer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Pridie, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Jeremy Horst, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.308|
|a-grounded out for Schwimer in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Horst in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Ruiz (25, Lincecum), Placido Polanco (15, Kontos)|
|HR - Ryan Howard (2, Lincecum)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (2)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (15, 2nd base off Lincecum/Whiteside)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Vance Worley (L,5-6)||6||6||6||6||3||9||1||3.82|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 119-75, Michael Schwimer 18-14, Jeremy Horst 31-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 6-3, Michael Schwimer 1-0, Jeremy Horst 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Vance Worley 27, Michael Schwimer 3, Jeremy Horst 9|
|Attendance - 44205|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|