Lincecum OK after being hit by Tejada liner
SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum struck out 10 before getting hit in the back of the right shoulder by a line drive and leaving after six innings Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Lincecum was OK.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was struck by Miguel Tejada’s shot, which turned into a groundout that ended the sixth. The righty ace crouched close to the ground for a moment, but walked off the field under his own power.
“He’s fine,” Bochy said after the win. “He took it off the shoulder and there’s no problems there.”
Lincecum (7-2) allowed two runs and eight hits, with four walks.
Jeremy Affeldt relieved for the Giants to begin the seventh. Brian Wilson recorded the final five outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.
Aubrey Huff and Juan Uribe hit back-to-back home runs leading off the sixth, putting the Giants ahead 4-2.
Huff, who had three hits, also doubled home a run. Pablo Sandoval, Travis Ishikawa and Nate Schierholtz also drove in runs as the Giants won their 10th of 12 home series.
Julio Lugo had three hits and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have lost 10 of their last 11 road games and have been outscored 60-26 over that span. Cesar Izturis also drove in a run.
Jeremy Guthrie (3-8) gave up four runs on eight hits and matched his career-worst four-game losing streak.
Guthrie has allowed 11 of his 42 runs in the first inning, including two to the Giants. The Giants could’ve gotten more, except for a baserunning blunder.
Andres Torres drew a leadoff walk and Huff hit an RBI double. Sandoval singled home another run, but was called out for passing Juan Uribe, who had come back to tag from first.
The Orioles tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth. Lugo, Craig Tatum and Izturis each singled to open the fourth before Lincecum came back to strike out Guthrie, Corey Patterson and Tejada.
Nick Markakis led off the fifth with a single and Adam Jones walked, setting up Lugo’s RBI single.
Lugo, a last-minute replacement for Scott Moore in the starting lineup, also singled home a run in the seventh to close the gap to 4-3.
Ishikawa and Schierholtz each singled home a run in the eighth.
NOTES: The Giants have hit a home run in a season-high nine straight games. … Lincecum struck out 10 or more for the 23rd time in his career. … Huff’s home run was a ‘Splash Hit,’ the 52nd time a Giants player has reached the waters of McCovey Cove on a fly since the park’s inception. … The Giants, with two days off over the next five days, moved RHP Joe Martinez into the bullpen. … Orioles manager Juan Samuel was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on Tuesday. … Lugo had four hits in his previous 29 at-bats before singling in three straight plate appearances.
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