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Jul 10, 2011 - 6:43 AM San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The Giants scored twice in the first inning and it proved to be enough for Tim Lincecum and the bullpen, as San Francisco eked by the New York Mets, 3-1, in the middle installment of a three-game series.

Lincecum (7-7) lasted six innings and gave up one run on four hits and four walks to win for just the second time in eight starts. Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo combined to keep New York silent over the final three frames.

Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 20 games, going 2-for-4 with an RBI for San Francisco, which has won three of its last four.

Chris Capuano (8-8) yielded a pair of runs on four hits and four walks in a six-inning start to take the loss.

"[Capuano] gave us a chance to win, that's all you can ask," Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy said. "He threw the ball well."

Lincecum entered Saturday's tilt with a 16-inning scoreless streak against the Mets, but consecutive two-out doubles by Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy staked the visitors to a 1-0 advantage in the first inning.

The lead didn't last a half-inning, as the Giants loaded the bases in the bottom half and Nate Schierholtz beat out an infield single to knock in Miguel Tejada. Aubrey Huff grounded into a fielder's choice to plate Sandoval with the go-ahead run.

"When you dig yourself a hole in the first inning, you can get frustated and it can turn into a snowball effect. But they scored those two [runs] and let me relax," Lincecum said.

Sandoval drove in an insurance run in the seventh when he beat out a potential inning-ending double-play ball.

Casilla hurled a 1-2-3 seventh behind Lincecum, and Lopez recorded the next five outs before walking Ruben Tejada with two outs in the ninth.

Scott Hairston, who hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit homer in Friday's win, again came off the bench, but Romo struck him out to record his first save since 2009.

Game Notes

Lincecum struck out six and threw 71 of his 114 pitches for strikes...Giants closer Brian Wilson had pitched in the three previous straight games and was given the night off...The Mets were facing an All-Star starter for the third straight game, falling to 1-2...New York will again go against an All-Star in the series finale on Sunday, as the Giants' Matt Cain will toe the rubber against Mike Pelfrey.

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  • Aubrey Huff grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short scored Pablo Sandoval. Nate Schierholtz out at second. Pat Burrell advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Chris Stewart due up.

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