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Lincecum hurls gem as Giants edge Dodgers

Sep 29, 2008 - 12:24 AM By Ryan McCrary PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Tim Lincecum struck out a career-high 13 in seven strong innings and the offense rallied to propel the righthander to his 18th win as the San Francisco Giants recorded a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

In his last opportunity to showcase his considerable talent to Cy Young voters, Lincecum (18-5) did not disappoint. It was his 11th career game with 10 or more strikeouts - nine coming this season, matching Jason Schmidt for the most in a single season in San Francisco history.

"I kind of stayed in a good rhythm and that was key for me," Lincecum said. "I just tried to stay as locked in as possible, and stay as focused as possible. It's the end of the season and all, but you still want to definitely go out with a bang, so it was awesome."

Throughout the season with all the talk of the Cy Young Award, Lincecum has refused to discuss it until the end of the season.

"Right now, all I have to do is hope and wait," he said. "I don't put too much stress on it, like worry about it."

Lincecum struck out seven batters in his first trip through the lineup before Juan Pierre singled and scored on an RBI double by Andre Ethier with one out in the third. With runners on first and second, the Giants' ace bounced back by striking out Casey Blake and James Loney to end the threat.

Lincecum's first nine outs came via strikeout, the first time that has happened since the New York Mets' Sid Fernandez did so against the Chicago Cubs July 30, 1986. In just his first full season in the big leagues, Lincecum leads the majors with 265 strikeouts.

"It is hard to have a better game than how that went," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "To come back and get Timmy a win - you couldn't ask for more."

In 2007, Lincecum notched 150 strikeouts in 146 1/3 innings, spanning 24 starts.

"What a year he has had," Bochy said. "We owed him this one. It wouldn't have been a lot of fun out there if we didn't win the game, so it certainly helped all of our personalities."

After singling in the fifth, Omar Vizquel took the field but was removed to a standing ovation in the top of the sixth in what could be his final game as a Giant. The veteran won two of his 11 career Gold Glove awards in four seasons with San Francisco.

"It feels amazing," Vizquel said. "You never feel you made an impact in so many people like that. You always prepare the night before for a night like this, but you really don't know how to react when you have the elation of the fans."

Hiroki Kuroda went five innings in his start for Los Angeles, allowing two hits while striking out four.

San Francisco finally got on the board in the eighth when Pablo Sandoval slapped an RBI single off Chan Ho Park (4-4) to tie the contest at 1-1. Nate Schierholz followed with a flare into right off Joe Beimel to stake San Francisco to a 2-1 edge.

Brian Wilson sealed the win for the Giants, working around a pair of hits for his 41st save, tying Robb Nen for fourth place on the San Francisco single-season list.

"I needed to get that win for (Lincecum) no matter what," Wilson said. "I couldn't be the reason he got second place (in possible Cy Young vote)."








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