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Lincecum notches fifth straight road win

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DENVER -- No question, Tim Lincecum is getting better. Especially away from San Francisco.

Lincecum pitched effectively for six innings to extend his road winning streak to a career-best five straight, Brandon Crawford doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Wednesday night.

Marco Scutaro added three hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles, to help the NL West-leading Giants take two of three from the Rockies and improve to 21-7 on the road since the All-Star break, best in the NL. They are unbeaten in their last nine series on the road (8-0-1).

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Lincecum (9-14), who allowed three runs on six hits, has figured prominently in that run of success, going 5-0 with a 2.61 ERA in his last five road starts. The two-time NL Cy Young award winner had struggled on the road earlier, going 1-6 with a 9.00 ERA through his first 10 starts away from home.

"Right now, I'm not pitching great but I am getting out of jams," said Lincecum, who finished with four walks and eight strikeouts, punching out the final batter he faced, Dexter Fowler, on three pitches to end a one on, two-out threat in the sixth.

"I'm playing with a fine line there, walking a lot of guys, but getting out of it gives me the confidence to know that if I get into a jam, I can get out of it and my team is going to get me out of it, too."

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Lincecum has been coming on strong, along with the rest of the team.

"He has really elevated his game," Bochy said. "He's gotten on track, which is huge for us. Some of the other guys have had some hiccups and he has picked us up."

Jeff Francis (5-5) couldn't recover from a tough first inning and took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in three innings. He struck out five and walked none.

"A few bad pitches and they came out ready to swing," Francis said. "It wasn't anything about me not feeling good or not trying to be aggressive. I made some mistakes, they hit them. That turns it into a long inning."

Down 6-2 in the sixth after Crawford doubled for the second time and scored on Scutaro's second single, the Rockies added a run in their half of the sixth on Charlie Blackmon's pinch-hit RBI double.

But the Giants added a pair of runs in the ninth on a run-scoring triple by Hunter Pence and Joaquin Arias' sacrifice fly.

"That's what we've been been doing," Crawford said of a Giants offense that had each starter except the pitcher get at least one hit. "Pretty much 1-through-9 has been coming through for us and that's what we did again tonight.

"I think we're a confident group right now whether it's at home or on the road. It's definitely good that we feel comfortable on the road and we're getting those wins and hopefully we can keep it going."

The Giants had grabbed a 5-0 lead by batting around in the first inning. Gregor Blanco tripled off Francis to start the game and scored when Scutaro followed with a single. Buster Posey and Arias each singled around Pence's fielder's choice to account for another run and Hector Sanchez hit an RBI single ahead of Crawford's two-out, two-run double that rolled to the right field wall.

Colorado pulled to 5-2 behind Wilin Rosario's RBI single in the first and his solo homer in the third. Rosario drove Lincecum's 83 mph changeup deep into the left field bleachers for his team-leading 24th homer, one shy of the Rockies' rookie record set by Todd Helton (25) in 1998.

Notes

  • The Giants last lost a series on the road July 6-8 when they dropped two of three in Pittsburgh.
  • Giants CF Angel Pagan was held out of the starting lineup after a callous on his left hand cracked, causing a cut. He made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and finished the game in center.
  • The Giants have an off day Thursday.
  • RHP Matt Cain (13-5) is slated to start Friday night's game at Arizona against the Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs (1-1).
  • Since July 1, Crawford is hitting .441 (15 for 34) against left-handed pitching.
  • Slumping Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval was given the night off.
  • The Rockies also have Thursday off, their final off day of the season.
  • Penny Chenery, a resident of nearby Boulder who owned and bred 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, attended the game.
  • With his 24th homer, Rosario tied Troy Tulowitzki for second-most homers by a Rockies' rookie in team history.
 
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Tim Lincecum does enough to earn a career-best fifth straight road win while notching his ninth W on the season. (AP)
Tim Lincecum does enough to earn a career-best fifth straight road win while notching his ninth W on the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Scutaro
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

W. Rosario
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF-LF5120012 .242
Marco Scutaro, 2B5232011 .293
Buster Posey, 1B5020022 .333
Hunter Pence, RF5211012 .258
Joaquin Arias, 3B4122020 .279
Brandon Belt, LF4010012 .273
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH1000000 .179
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Hector Sanchez, C4121022 .267
Brandon Crawford, SS4122001 .246
Tim Lincecum, P2000011 .095
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
    Jose Mijares, P0000000 .000
    Justin Christian, LF0000000 .125
   b- Angel Pagan, PH-CF1000011 .289
Totals408158012  
a-flied out for Affeldt in the 9th
b-struck out for Christian in the 8th
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (35, Francis), Brandon Crawford 2 (25, Francis, Ottavino)
3B - Gregor Blanco (5, Francis), Hunter Pence (4, Roenicke)
SF - Joaquin Arias (5)
SH - Tim Lincecum (9)
RBI - Marco Scutaro 2 (60), Hunter Pence (89), Joaquin Arias 2 (33), Hector Sanchez (32), Brandon Crawford 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (18), Hector Sanchez (11), Brandon Crawford 2 (10)
SB - Gregor Blanco (22, 2nd base off Ottavino/Rosario), Marco Scutaro (9, 2nd base off Roenicke/Rosario), Brandon Belt (11, 2nd base off Ottavino/Rosario)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (W,9-14) 6633481 5.09
George Kontos (H,3) 0.1000000 2.35
Jose Mijares0000100 2.81
Santiago Casilla (H,8) 0.2000000 2.63
Jeremy Affeldt (H,12) 1100010 2.91
Guillermo Mota 0.1100010 5.40
Javier Lopez 0.1000000 2.36
Sergio Romo 0.1000010 2.08
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 108-65, George Kontos 7-7, Jose Mijares 5-1, Santiago Casilla 5-2, Jeremy Affeldt 16-11, Guillermo Mota 8-6, Javier Lopez 2-1, Sergio Romo 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-3, George Kontos 1-0, Santiago Casilla 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Javier Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 28, George Kontos 1, Jose Mijares 1, Santiago Casilla 2, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Guillermo Mota 2, Javier Lopez 1, Sergio Romo 1
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4010121 .311
Josh Rutledge, 2B5000014 .304
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3110201 .305
Wilin Rosario, C4122112 .255
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4000014 .307
Tyler Colvin, RF4020010 .295
Chris Nelson, 3B3110121 .278
Jonathan Herrera, SS3000023 .241
   a- Matt McBride, PH1000001 .176
    DJ LeMahieu, SS0000000 .264
Jeff Francis, P0000000 .038
    Adam Ottavino, P1000010 .111
   b- Charlie Blackmon, PH1011000 .241
    William Harris, P0000000 .000
    Josh Outman, P0000000 .111
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
   c- Andrew Brown, PH1000001 .220
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .083
Totals34383511  
a-flied out for Herrera in the 8th
b-doubled for Ottavino in the 6th
c-grounded out for Escalona in the 8th
Batting
2B - Charlie Blackmon (5, Lincecum)
HR - Wilin Rosario (24, Lincecum)
SH - Jeff Francis (5)
RBI - Wilin Rosario 2 (62), Charlie Blackmon (3)
2-OUT RBI - Wilin Rosario (26), Charlie Blackmon (2)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (18, 2nd base off Lincecum/H. Sanchez, 2nd base off Casilla/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 10
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,5-5) 3755050 5.68
Adam Ottavino 3511040 3.56
William Harris 0.2000010 5.79
Josh Outman 0.2100000 8.54
Edgmer Escalona 0.2000010 9.26
Josh Roenicke 1222010 3.01
WP - Jeff Francis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 78-51, Adam Ottavino 48-34, William Harris 10-7, Josh Outman 14-10, Edgmer Escalona 6-5, Josh Roenicke 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 2-2, Adam Ottavino 4-1, William Harris 1-0, Josh Outman 2-0, Edgmer Escalona 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 16, Adam Ottavino 14, William Harris 2, Josh Outman 3, Edgmer Escalona 2, Josh Roenicke 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24182
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Eric Cooper