Tim Lincecum earns first win for Giants
PHOENIX ” Tim Lincecum struck out 12 while earning his first victory of the season and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner shut down the Diamondbacks for the second time in less than a week, allowing one run and five hits in eight innings. Lincecum (1-1) got a no-decision last Saturday in San Francisco, striking out 13 over eight shutout innings in a 2-0 loss to Arizona.
Bengie Molina went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in San Francisco’s first road victory of the season in seven tries. Edgar Renteria also homered.
Doug Davis (1-3), the winner in last Saturday’s duel, gave up five runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
The Diamondbacks, coming off their first series win of the year, have not won consecutive games this season. The worst-hitting team in the majors going into the game (.226), Arizona only managed an RBI single from Davis.
Renteria connected in the first and Molina went deep leading off the third to give San Francisco a 2-0 lead.
Davis’ two-out RBI single, after Justin Upton’s double, cut it to 2-1 in the fifth. But consecutive two-out singles by Aaron Rowand, Pablo Sandoval and Rich Aurilia restored the Giants’ two-run lead in the sixth. San Francisco scored twice more in the fifth when Molina’s bases-loaded drive to deep right-center bounced off the tip of Chris Young’s glove for a two-run double.
The Diamondbacks had runners at second and third with one out in the first but Lincecum fanned Mark Reynolds and Chad Tracy grounded out to second to end the threat.
Eric Byrnes doubled off the top of the left-field wall with two outs in the third. Manager Bob Melvin argued it was a home run, so umpires reviewed the play. The double call was upheld, and moments later the inning ended when Byrnes easily was thrown out trying to steal third.
Notes: Arizona LF Conor Jackson was scratched due to illness. … Giants LHP Randy Johnson makes his first appearance in Arizona with a visiting team on Saturday. “He should get a tremendous reception, for all he’s done for that organization,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “They’ve got a World Series ring, and that doesn’t happen without Randy Johnson.” … Arizona began a stretch of 40 games in 41 days.
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