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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesus Guzman, Chase Headley and the San Diego Padres turned Tim Lincecum's latest start into a round of batting practice.

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."

Big time.

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.

Notes

  • Headley also hit 12 home runs in 2009.
  • Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval sat out with a strained left hamstring he injured Tuesday night stretching for a catch to finish off a double play when he was at first base. The team will wait until Friday to decide whether he needs to be put on the disabled list.
  • Giants C Buster Posey got the day off to rest.
  • San Francisco's Hector Sanchez (sprained left knee) is scheduled to catch five innings for Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. Sanchez was put through catching and fielding drills Wednesday, including at first base. He's expected to come off the disabled list when eligible Aug. 2.
  • Both teams are off Thursday. The Padres will play at Miami on Friday, while the Giants open a three-game series at home against the second-place Dodgers.
 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Marquis
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
San Diego

J. Guzman
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF-RF5012031 .242
Logan Forsythe, 2B5020012 .272
Chase Headley, 3B5111022 .267
Carlos Quentin, LF4120001 .273
    Alexi Amarista, LF0000000 .291
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000013 .255
Jesus Guzman, RF4333000 .251
    Cameron Maybin, CF0000000 .221
John Baker, C2120200 .257
Everth Cabrera, SS3000112 .236
Jason Marquis, P4000035 .211
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals366116311  
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Everth Cabrera (4, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis (W,6-9) 7.1331180 5.25
Joe Thatcher 0.1100000 3.42
Luke Gregerson0100000 3.05
Huston Street (S,17) 1.1100010 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, RF-LF4110001 .248
Ryan Theriot, 2B3011010 .282
Melky Cabrera, LF3001012 .356
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
Angel Pagan, CF4010010 .278
Brandon Crawford, SS3000111 .236
Brandon Belt, 1B4110020 .230
Joaquin Arias, 3B4010001 .246
Eli Whiteside, C3100010 .143
Tim Lincecum, P1000010 .107
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Justin Christian, PH1000010 .194
    Brad Penny, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF1010000 .253
Totals3136219  
a-struck out for Affeldt in the 6th
b-singled for Penny in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Belt-Crawford
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (L,4-11) 4.2755382 5.88
Jeremy Affeldt 1.1000020 2.31
Brad Penny 2411001 3.97
George Kontos 1000010 2.00
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
Game Information
Attendance - 41871
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Jordan Baker