San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Lincecum's terrific stretch continued on Friday, as he tossed seven scoreless innings and guided the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game set.
Lincecum (9-5) yielded just three hits and walked two with six strikeouts to win his fourth straight start. The stretch started with his second career no- hitter on June 25 against the Padres.
The two-time Cy Young award winner has surrendered just one run on 10 hits over his last four outings in 30 1/3 innings.
Juan Gutierrez pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and Jeremy Affeldt finished the ninth.
Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in for the Giants, winners in two of three.
Arizona starter Mike Bolsinger (1-6) was roughed up for all five runs on eight hits over five innings of work. Martin Prado extended his season-high hit streak to 10 games with a second-inning double.
The Giants jumped all over Arizona, plating a pair of runs in each of the first two innings.
Sandoval followed Brandon Belt's single in the home first with a two-run homer to right field.
Bolsinger allowed singles to Tyler Colvin and Brandon Crawford around a Joe Panik walk in the second. Crawford's base knock brought Colvin around from second and Panik raced home on Lincecum's sacrifice bunt one batter later.
Hunter Pence singled and scored on Sandoval's double to left in the fifth inning for the final spread.
Lincecum had lost his last five home starts against Arizona. He's won four straight for the first time since April 2010, and has struck six batters in all four starts ... The Giants moved to 7-4 against Arizona this season ... Prior to the game, Arizona activated Mark Trumbo off the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno. Trumbo finished 1- for-4 in his return ... San Francisco outhit Arizona, 10-5.
07/12 01:03:55 ET
Copyright ??2010 Athlon Sports, Inc. Athlon Sports and the Athlon Sports logo are trademarks of Athlon Sports, Inc. | About Us