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Lincecum hit hard but Giants rally past Royals

Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Lincecum was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs, including three homers, but the San Francisco Giants came all the way back to beat the Kansas City Royals 13-9 on Sunday.

Making his fifth start of the spring, Lincecum gave up home runs to Salvador Perez, Jason Donald and Carlos Peguero. The right-hander also struck out seven and walked one in 4 2-3 innings.

Brandon Crawford sparked San Francisco's eight-run sixth with a two-run homer. Brandon Belt hit an RBI single and Hector Sanchez added a two-run single.

With two outs, Gregor Blanco hit a drive into the right-center gap, driving in two runs, and came all the way around to score himself for a 9-7 lead. The play was ruled a triple and an error, due to a dropped throw on the relay.

The Giants added two more runs in the seventh for an 11-7 advantage. After Kansas City cut the lead to 11-9 with two runs in the eighth, the Giants got two more in the bottom of the eighth on a home run by Ehire Adrianza.


Royals: Right-hander Yordano Ventura solidified his hold on the No. 3 spot in Ned Yost's rotation by limiting the Giants to just one run on five hits in five innings. The 22-year-old Ventura walked three and struck out three.

James Shields will start on opening day in Detroit, followed by Jason Vargas and then Ventura, who was 0-1 in three starts for the Royals last year.

Giants: Lincecum said he had some good pitches and bad pitches Sunday, but was generally out of synch. He thought his body positioning allowed his lower posterior to ''float'' toward the plate before the rest of his body.

''My pitch count was up and I was erratic,'' he said. ''I wasn't throwing the changeup anywhere I wanted to. I wasn't so much interested in the results than I was getting the work in. It (end of spring) has become more of a mental grind thing than mechanics. If this would have been a regular-season game, I would have studied the hitters more, but that doesn't mean the result would have been any different.''

Lincecum currently is slotted No. 4 in Bruce Bochy's rotation, meaning he likely would be the starter when the Giants wrap up a four-game, season-opening series at Arizona on April 3.


Royals: No injuries to report.

Giants: The team continues to treat left fielder Michael Morse's calf with caution. He was used as a pinch hitter Sunday, and his return as a defensive player remains uncertain.


Royals: The team announced Sunday left-handers Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph were optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters were assigned to minor league camp.

Giants: After the game, the team optioned right-handed reliever George Kontos to Triple-A Fresno and sent left-handed reliever Dan Runzler to minor-league camp. Runzler earned the win Sunday.

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Players of the Game
San Francisco

G. Blanco
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
Kansas City

C. Peguero
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Kansas City Royals
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   Justin Maxwell, RF1000011 .377
Alcides Escobar, SS4120010 .438
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   a-Brian Fletcher, PH1000011 .111
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Eric Hosmer, 1B2100112 .291
   Pedro Ciriaco, SS2000000 .233
Salvador Perez, C3111003 .390
   Ramon Hernandez, C2000010 .444
Mike Moustakas, 3B3121000 .467
   b-Danny Valencia, PH-3B2000000 .220
Jason Donald, 2B3113021 .317
   Jarrod Dyson, CF1110000 .344
Carlos Peguero, LF3221001 .323
   Johnny Giavotella, 2B0100100 .342
Lorenzo Cain, CF3021010 .383
   Jimmy Paredes, LF1000001 .167
Yordano Ventura, P2000023 .000
   c-Billy Butler, PH-1B2011000 .333
a-struck out for Davis in the 8th
b-flied out for Moustakas in the 7th
c-lined out for Ventura in the 6th
2B - Carlos Peguero (2, Lincecum), Billy Butler (4, Law)
3B - Lorenzo Cain (1, Lincecum)
HR - Salvador Perez (3, Lincecum), Jason Donald (3, Lincecum), Carlos Peguero (2, Lincecum)
RBI - Salvador Perez (9), Mike Moustakas (17), Jason Donald 3 (7), Carlos Peguero (8), Lorenzo Cain (6), Billy Butler (6)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas (8), Jason Donald 3 (5), Carlos Peguero (4), Lorenzo Cain (2)
SB - Alcides Escobar (1, 2nd base off Lincecum/Posey), Jarrod Dyson (8, 2nd base off Law/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 5
E - Pedro Ciriaco (5, Throwing), Jason Donald (3, Missed catch of throw), Ramon Hernandez (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
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Louis Coleman (H,2) 0.1366301 13.50
Aaron Crow (L,0-1; BS,1) 0.2221010 3.12
Wade Davis 1322010 3.72
Greg Holland 1120011 3.38
HBP - Posey (by Yordano Ventura)
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 39-25, Louis Coleman 20-6, Aaron Crow 6-6, Wade Davis 8-8, Greg Holland 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 6-5, Wade Davis 1-1, Greg Holland 2-1
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 23, Louis Coleman 7, Aaron Crow 4, Wade Davis 6, Greg Holland 5
San Francisco Giants
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   Ryan Lollis, PR-LF0000000 .222
Brandon Belt, 1B3121201 .295
   Kelby Tomlinson, 2B0000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000002 .298
   Brandon Hicks, 3B1100101 .421
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   Hector Sanchez, C2112011 .333
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   Elliott Blair, RF1000000 .750
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   Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   Derek Law, P0000000 .000
   George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   a-Tyler Colvin, PH1100001 .160
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Joaquin Arias, 2B-1B4000103 .295
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   Ehire Adrianza, SS1112000 .205
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   Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   b-Michael Morse, PH0000100 .211
   Juan Perez, PR-LF-CF2210010 .315
a-hit into fielder's choice for Kontos in the 8th
b-walked for Runzler in the 6th
2B - Brandon Belt (4, Ventura), Juan Perez (8, Davis)
3B - Gregor Blanco (2, Crow)
HR - Brandon Crawford (1, Coleman), Ehire Adrianza (3, Holland)
SH - Gregor Blanco (1)
RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (4), Brandon Belt (2), Hector Sanchez 2 (14), Gregor Blanco 3 (7), Brandon Crawford 2 (7), Ehire Adrianza 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Gregor Blanco 2 (3), Ehire Adrianza 2 (5)
SB - Hunter Pence (2, 2nd base off Ventura/Perez), Tyler Colvin (1, 3rd base off Holland/Hernandez)
PK - Brandon Belt (1, Ventura)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Crawford-Arias-Belt
San Francisco Giants
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Dan Runzler (W,1-0) 1.1000010 2.70
Javier Lopez (H,5) 1000010 8.53
Derek Law (H,4) 0.1222100 5.40
George Kontos (H,2) 0.2000020 3.00
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WP - Derek Law (2)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 3-3, Dan Runzler 2-1, Derek Law 1-0, Sergio Romo 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 25, Dan Runzler 4, Javier Lopez 3, Derek Law 4, George Kontos 2, Sergio Romo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11510
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Dan Bellino