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Crawford started San Francisco's rally from a four-run deficit that Lincecum created by hitting a three-run homer and Angel Pagan added a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to lead the Giants to their eighth consecutive victory against the Colorado Rockies, 9-6 on Tuesday night.
"You have to feel good after the team wins, especially coming back from the hole I put them in there in the second inning," Lincecum said. "I feel good about that. But I'm going back to the chalkboard after every start and going into refining mode and trying to fix the errors. That second inning really was a doozy for me."
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Lincecum walked three batters, including the pitcher, and threw a wild pitch that helped lead to a five-run inning for Colorado. But he settled down after that, staying in the game for four more innings, and then watched his teammates rally for the victory.
But the Giants scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game and then won it in the eighth against Matt Belisle (0-1).
"The Giants just keep coming," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "They won a championship playing like that. They string together a lot of good at-bats, there are a lot of tough outs over there. We couldn't shut them down."
Pinch-hitter Andres Torres started the winning rally with a double to right field and Pagan followed with a single up the middle that almost hit Belisle in the face.
The Rockies appeared to be in control until Juan Nicasio walked the first two batters of the sixth to end his night after 95 pitches, marking the 110th consecutive game a Rockies starter has failed to reach the 100-pitch mark.
Adam Ottavino came in and allowed Crawford's second career home run at AT&T Park, a rare opposite-field shot in a noted pitchers' park.
"I fell behind 2-0, we had a four-run lead, so I tried to challenge him," Ottavino said. "I wasn't trying to be too fine. He put a good swing on it. I've had success against him in the past, especially away. When he hit it I was going to back up third. It surprised me when it went out."
The Giants then loaded the bases with one out before Belisle relieved and allowed a tying single by Pence that gave him 1,000 career hits. Belisle escaped the jam without further damage when he got Brandon Belt to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, is still trying to find his groove following a disappointing 2012 season when he had a career-high 15 losses and an NL-worst 5.18 ERA.
After matching a career high with seven walks in his first start last week against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lincecum was hurt again by a lack of command against the Rockies.
He might have escaped the second unscathed if not for a bad decision by Scutaro, who threw wildly trying to get a force at second base instead of taking a sure out at first. That helped set up the big inning that featured a two-run double by Fowler and a two-run single by Rutledge.
Lincecum retired nine of 10 batters following Rutledge's single, allowing only another walk to Nicasio. But Tulowitzki added to the Rockies' lead when he sent a first pitch halfway up the seats in left field for his third homer of the season.
Lincecum allowed six runs, four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.
"He had great stuff. Unfortunately all the innings count," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had trouble getting out of that second inning. Really other than that he threw the ball very well. I thought he threw the ball great and didn't let the game get out of control and kept us from going to the `pen early and gave us a chance to make that comeback."
|Brandon Crawford's three-run homer triggers the Giants comeback victory over the Rockies. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||1||1||2||1||2||1||.314|
|Josh Rutledge, 2B||3||0||1||2||0||1||0||.276|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.303|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||2||1||1||1||1||1||.346|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||1||0||0||0||1||0||.407|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||.095|
|Wilin Rosario, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.348|
|Chris Nelson, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.261|
|a- Reid Brignac, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.364|
|Juan Nicasio, P||1||1||0||0||2||1||1||.000|
|Adam Ottavino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Eric Young Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.231|
|a-grounded out for Nelson in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Lopez in the 9th|
|2B - Dexter Fowler (2, Lincecum)|
|HR - Troy Tulowitzki (3, Lincecum)|
|SH - Josh Rutledge (1)|
|RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (7), Josh Rutledge 2 (3), Troy Tulowitzki (8), Todd Helton (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (3), Josh Rutledge 2 (2), Troy Tulowitzki (4)|
|SB - Wilin Rosario 2 (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/H. Sanchez, 2nd base off Lincecum/H. Sanchez)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Helton|
|Adam Ottavino (H,1)||0.1||3||2||2||1||0||1||9.00|
|Matt Belisle (BS,1; L,0-1)||1.2||3||2||2||0||2||0||3.38|
|IBB - Sandoval by Adam Ottavino|
|WP - Adam Ottavino (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 95-55, Adam Ottavino 12-6, Matt Belisle 22-16, Wilton Lopez 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 6-7, Adam Ottavino 1-0, Matt Belisle 2-0, Wilton Lopez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 25, Adam Ottavino 5, Matt Belisle 7, Wilton Lopez 6|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||2||3||1||0||1||3||.364|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||1||3||1||0||0||2||.194|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||0||1||.345|
|Joaquin Arias, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||0||2||2||0||1||2||.300|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.091|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||3||1||1||1||2||1||0||.231|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hector Sanchez, C||3||1||0||0||2||1||5||.125|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||3||2||1||3||1||1||1||.231|
|Tim Lincecum, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Nick Noonan, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Jose Mijares, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Andres Torres, PH-LF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.188|
|a-singled for Lincecum in the 6th|
|b-doubled for Casilla in the 8th|
|2B - Andres Torres (1, Belisle)|
|HR - Brandon Crawford (1, Ottavino)|
|SH - Marco Scutaro (1), Tim Lincecum (1)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (4), Marco Scutaro (1), Pablo Sandoval (6), Hunter Pence 2 (7), Gregor Blanco (1), Brandon Crawford 3 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (1), Gregor Blanco (1)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Marco Scutaro (1, Throwing)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Santiago Casilla (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.00|
|Sergio Romo (S,5)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|WP - Tim Lincecum (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 104-61, Jose Mijares 11-6, George Kontos 4-3, Santiago Casilla 13-9, Sergio Romo 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-5, Jose Mijares 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 27, Jose Mijares 3, George Kontos 1, Santiago Casilla 3, Sergio Romo 3|
|Attendance - 41910|
|Game Time - 3:11|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mike Winters|