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Lincecum Ks 10 in Giants' shutout of Marlins

Aug 14, 2011 - 7:37 AM Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Tim Lincecum struck out 10 batters through seven shutout innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Florida Marlins, 3-0, in the second test of a three-game series.

Lincecum (11-9) allowed two hits and walked three as the Giants won for just the fourth time in August. They have a record of 4-8 this month.

"It looked like he was hitting all of his spots and he kept them off-balance with his off-speed stuff. I'm glad we could score him some runs early," Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz said about Lincecum.

Jeff Keppinger's homer in the first inning extended San Francisco's major league record of consecutive solo home runs to 21 straight.

Brian Wilson put two runners on base in the ninth, but closed out the game for his 35th save of the year.

Despite the win, the Giants still sit two-games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.

Javier Vazquez (7-10) also fanned 10 hitters through seven frames, but allowed three runs thanks to five hits and two wild pitches.

"[Vazquez] pitched his heart out. He made a few mistakes and basically that's the ballgame," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon.

Emilio Bonifacio recorded his 30th infield single of the season in the Marlins' eighth loss in nine games.

After Wilson struck out Mike Stanton, he allowed a single to Greg Dobbs and walked Gaby Sanchez to bring the potential game-tying run to the plate. But Wilson fanned Bryan Petersen on a high fastball and induced a soft grounder to second by John Buck to end the game.

Keppinger gave the Giants an early lead in the first inning when he hammered a ball just inside the left-field foul pole.

After Keppinger's homer, Vazquez did not allow another baserunner until Schierholtz doubled off the left-field wall to lead off the fifth. On the play, Logan Morrison's throwing error allowed Schierholtz to take third. A wild pitch during an Aaron Rowand at-bat allowed Schierholtz to come home and give the Giants a two-run lead.

Cody Ross started the sixth inning with a base hit to left and moved up to second with two outs on Vazquez's second wild pitch of the night. Aubrey Huff then lifted a ball toward the corner in left field, and it bounced off Morrison's chest as he attempted a sliding catch, allowing Ross to score for a 3-0 game.

Florida threatened to score against Lincecum by putting runners in scoring position in the first, third and fifth innings. Two of those occasions came with one out, but each time Lincecum was able to quell the threat and have the Marlins walk away empty-handed. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position against Lincecum.

Game Notes

Giants outfielder Carlos Beltran missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right wrist...San Francisco placed outfielder Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno Saturday...The last San Francisco player to homer with a man on base was Schierholtz, who connected on a two-run blast back on July 6...The Giants improved to 11-17 against NL East opponents this season...After the game, Florida optioned Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans and released Wes Helms.