Beltran homers, Lincecum sharp as Giants nip PadresAug 25, 2011 - 6:29 AM
Beltran went deep off Tim Stauffer in the fourth inning and Lincecum singled in a run in the fifth, as San Francisco won for just the third time in nine contests.
The Giants, who remained two games behind Arizona for the lead in the NL West, split the two-game series and will host Houston for four this weekend.
Lincecum (12-10) gave up four hits and five walks, but fanned seven batters. He's allowed one run or fewer in eight of his last nine starts.
"More than anyone in the league, he gets the swing when the ball is down below the zone," Padres manager Bud Black said, explaining Lincecum's effectiveness.
The Giants had lost each of their previous six games decided by one run, but Santiago Casilla made the lead hold up in the ninth by retiring the side in order for his first save of 2011.
The Padres, who had four hits, had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Stauffer (8-10) yielded six hits over six innings.
The Padres wasted a bases-loaded chance in the opening inning and with men at the corners in the fourth.
"He got into a couple of jams, but Timmy did what he does best, that's making great pitches when he has to," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We needed that with what happened yesterday and our struggles here recently. It takes a great pitching effort to get you back on track."
Beltran homered to lead off the bottom of the inning, taking a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right. It was his first round-tripper in 13 games for the Giants since being acquired from the Mets. Beltran, who was in his second game off the disabled list, also hit his first career homer at AT&T Park.
Brandon Belt tripled leading off the fifth and scored on Lincecum's base hit to right, a chopper over the head of first baseman Jesus Guzman.
Orlando Hudson tripled in Cameron Maybin the next inning, but was left at third when Kyle Blanks popped out and Nick Hundley fanned.
That was the start of 11 straight San Diego batters retired in a row to finish the game.
Lincecum moved to 8-4 all-time against the Padres...MLB's all-time home run leader Barry Bonds was in attendance...San Francisco is 7-5 against the Padres this season...Aiming to shore up their bullpen due to an injury to closer Brian Wilson, the Giants have reportedly put in a waiver claim on San Diego reliever Heath Bell. Wilson was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right elbow inflammation.
- SAN DIEGO: 1
SAN FRANCISCO: 2
Aug 25 12:37 AM
- Orlando Hudson tripled to right scored Cameron Maybin. Runner on third with one out and Kyle Blanks due up.
Padres 1, Giants 2 Top 6, 1 OutAug 24 11:44 PM
- Tim Lincecum singled to right scored Brandon Belt. Runner on first with one out and Orlando Cabrera due up.
Padres 0, Giants 2 Bot 5, 1 OutAug 24 11:35 PM
- Carlos Beltran lead-off Home Run (16) to right. Pablo Sandoval due up.
Padres 0, Giants 1 Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 24 11:18 PM
- SAN DIEGO: 0
SAN FRANCISCO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 24 10:16 PM
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