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Lincecum's road ERA 2nd worst in franchise history

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--RHP Tim Lincecum has the second-highest ERA through nine road games since 1912 among Giants starters. It's 8.45. The only one worse was Terry Mullholland at 8.79 in 1995. Why 1912? That's when earned runs began being documented. In Lincecum's latest road clunker, he gave up seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss in Washington. Lincecum is far better at home, where he has a 3.99 ERA.

--3B Pablo Sandoval collected three hits and homered for the first time since coming off the DL on June 9 following his hamate surgery. He missed 40 games with the hand injury. Despite that, he won the fan vote among NL third basemen, passing Mets 3B David Wright in the final week of voting even though his stats were inferior.

--RF Gregor Blanco was due a day of rest Wednesday, but manager Bruce Bochy left him in the lineup because of Blanco's three-hit game Tuesday. Instead, Bochy gave CF Angel Pagan rest, thanks to Pagan's .188 average (13-for-68) in 19 games. Blanco entered 4-for-24 in six games and 10-for-60 in 15 games, and he went 0-for-3 with a walk.

--LHP Madison Bumgarner gave up three homers, to Jhonatan Solano, Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse. The last time the Giants hit at least three homers off a starter was Sept. 11, when Matt Cain, Mike Fontenot, Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval homered off Colorado's Esmil Rogers at Coors Field.

--RHP Matt Cain, who starts for the Giants in Washington on Thursday, has thrown three complete games in his last six starts against the Nationals. He'll be making his first start since being named to the NL All-Star team, and it's his first start since losing 5-1 to the Reds, ending an eight-game win streak. His first batter, Zack Cozart, homered, which ended the Giants pitchers' scoreless streak at 36 innings.

BY THE NUMBERS
4.70 -- The Giants' road ERA. At home, it's 2.42.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I don't want him to dwell on that. That's behind us. I don't want him to think that way. We've got to go with the mantra that it's not how you start but how you finish. We'll need him to win ballgames in the second half," -- Manager Bruce Bochy on Tim Lincecum. The Giants are 4-13 in his starts.

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