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Guzman hit two home runs and Headley had another to hand Lincecum his latest setback, powering the Padres past the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.
"He was aggressive with the fastball early and then he kind of got away from it a little bit," Padres outfielder Will Venable said. "And we were able to get a barrel on it."
Venable blooped a two-run double to help the Padres pound Lincecum (4-11), who allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner had shown signs of progress in his previous two outings. Instead, he's still trying to piece three straight solid starts together and turnaround the worst season of his career.
"My stuff was pretty good in the beginning of the game," Lincecum said. "I started losing my spots more. I just have to execute those better and get a better result out of it."
Jason Marquis (4-5) gave up one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked one to send the NL West-leading Giants to only their third loss in 12 games.
Huston Street extended his scoreless streak to 15 straight innings with a four-out save, including striking out All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera with two on to end the eighth. Street has converted all 16 save opportunities this season.
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After allowing two runs in 15 innings over his previous two starts, Lincecum and the Giants were optimistic The Freak had finally snapped out of his funk.
So much for that.
Headley hammered a 1-1 fastball over the wall in center in the first to match his career-high of 12 home runs and give the Padres a 1-0 lead. It was the sixth home run allowed in the first inning this year by Lincecum, tying the mark he gave up all of last season.
The Giants answered back in the bottom of the inning when Gregor Blanco singled, stole second and eventually scored on Cabrera's fly out to left.
The run did little for Lincecum's confidence.
Lincecum loaded the bases in the fourth with one out. He struck out Marquis on three pitches and almost escaped until Venable's shallow two-run double landed in front of a diving Angel Pagan in left-center, putting the Padres ahead 3-1 and extending Lincecum's season-long slump.
"He's a foot away from getting out of the inning," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
San Francisco's shaggy-haired starter slumped around the mound, covering his face with his glove, never regaining his composure. Lincecum lofted a fastball clocked at 89 mph over the middle of the plate in the fifth that Guzman crushed over the wall in left.
Guzman also hit a solo shot off Brad Penny leading off the eighth for his sixth home run of the season to give San Diego a 6-1 lead.
After Lincecum walked John Baker, Bochy took that familiar trot to the mound to relieve his former ace before the sixth inning again. Lincecum left after giving up seven hits, five runs and three walks. He tossed 102 pitches -- 62 for strikes -- and struck out eight.
Lincecum now has a 5.88 ERA, the highest among any qualifying National League pitcher, and has only lasted six innings in nine of his 21 starts. The Giants are 6-15 this season when Lincecum takes the mound.
"Lincecum's got a good arm," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We got him today but he's never comfortable to face."
San Francisco's final effort to save Lincecum from another loss fell short.
Brandon Belt reached on a throwing error by shortstop Everth Cabrera that landed in the dugout to start the bottom of the eighth. Joaquin Arias singled home Belt and Theriot delivered an RBI single with two outs to slice San Diego's lead to 6-3.
Street entered and struck out Cabrera to end San Francisco's best shot.
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|San Diego Padres|
|Will Venable, CF-RF||5||0||1||2||0||3||1||.242|
|Logan Forsythe, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Chase Headley, 3B||5||1||1||1||0||2||2||.267|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Alexi Amarista, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.255|
|Jesus Guzman, RF||4||3||3||3||0||0||0||.251|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|John Baker, C||2||1||2||0||2||0||0||.257|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.236|
|Jason Marquis, P||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.211|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luke Gregerson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Huston Street, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Will Venable (17, Lincecum)|
|HR - Chase Headley (12, Lincecum), Jesus Guzman 2 (6, Lincecum, Penny)|
|RBI - Will Venable 2 (24), Chase Headley (51), Jesus Guzman 3 (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Will Venable 2 (7), Chase Headley (17), Jesus Guzman 2 (15)|
|CS - John Baker (1, 2nd base by Affeldt/Whiteside)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Everth Cabrera (4, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Jason Marquis (W,6-9)||7.1||3||3||1||1||8||0||5.25|
|Huston Street (S,17)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.91|
|WP - Jason Marquis (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 104-69, Joe Thatcher 5-4, Luke Gregerson 7-5, Huston Street 18-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 11-3, Joe Thatcher 1-0, Huston Street 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 26, Joe Thatcher 2, Luke Gregerson 1, Huston Street 5|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Gregor Blanco, RF-LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.282|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||.356|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.236|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.230|
|Joaquin Arias, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Eli Whiteside, C||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Tim Lincecum, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.107|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Justin Christian, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.194|
|Brad Penny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.253|
|a-struck out for Affeldt in the 6th|
|b-singled for Penny in the 8th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (17, Marquis), Brandon Belt (14, Street)|
|SF - Melky Cabrera (4)|
|SH - Ryan Theriot (3)|
|RBI - Ryan Theriot (21), Melky Cabrera (51)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot (7)|
|SB - Gregor Blanco (17, 2nd base off Marquis/Baker)|
|CS - Brandon Crawford (3, 2nd base by Marquis/Baker)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Belt-Crawford|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Tim Lincecum (L,4-11)||4.2||7||5||5||3||8||2||5.88|
|HBP - Quentin (by Tim Lincecum)|
|WP - Tim Lincecum 2 (12)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 102-61, Jeremy Affeldt 13-8, Brad Penny 18-16, George Kontos 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 2-4, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Brad Penny 5-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 25, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Brad Penny 9, George Kontos 3|
|Attendance - 41871|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Jordan Baker|