Giants bail out Lincecum, beat Rockies
04/10/2013 12:00 AM
04/10/2013 7:54 AM
SAN FRANCISCO – After a week of manager Bruce Bochy saying it wasn't yet "clicking," the Giants' offense churned its gears Tuesday night. The Giants rapped out 14 hits and six players drove in runs in a 9-6 win over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.
Angel Pagan delivered the tiebreaking hit in the eighth, singling up the middle off Matt Belisle to drive in Andres Torres, who had doubled. Pablo Sandoval singled to score Pagan, and Gregor Blanco beat out a bunt hit that brought in a third run.
Sergio Romo struck out two in the ninth and has saved all five Giants wins. That he would have an opportunity Tuesday seemed a long shot after the Rockies jumped out to a 6-2 lead against Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum issued three of his four walks in a five-run second inning. The costliest was a two-out walk to pitcher Juan Nicasio that loaded the bases in what was a 1-1 game. Dexter Fowler followed with a two-run double, Josh Rutledge singled in two more.
Lincecum, though, regrouped to give the Giants four more innings. He allowed just three runners outside of the big inning, including a solo home run by Troy Tulowitzki in the fifth, and struck out seven.
"The other five innings he was really good," Bochy said. "I think this is one he should feel good about, the way he bounced back and the way he threw the ball."
The Giants have won both games started by Lincecum, though in his 11 innings he has walked 11, including the opposing pitcher three times.
He said after the second inning he looked at film of his mechanics and made an adjustment.
"That second inning was just kind of erratic," Lincecum said. "After that, I settled down and everything seemed to kind of fall into place."
The Giants got him off the hook in the sixth, scoring four times to tie the score on Brandon Crawford's three-run homer and Hunter Pence's RBI single, the 1,000th hit of his career. It was just the second home run at AT&T Park for Crawford. Five of his eight career homers have come with multiple runners on base.
Pagan had three hits, as did Marco Scutaro, who entered the game 3 for 27 on the season. Scutaro picked up his first RBI with a two-out single in the second.
About This BlogMatt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at email@example.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.
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