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Lincecum goes for Giants in San Diego

Jul 15, 2011 - 3:16 PM (Sports Network) - San Diego's issues with scoring runs this year are the main reason the club sits in last place in the National League West.

Facing a rested Tim Lincecum isn't likely to remedy that problem Friday night.

After San Francisco rallied off All-Star Padres closer Heath Bell last night in the opener of this four-game set, Lincecum takes the hill this evening at Petco Park looking to pitch the Giants to a fourth straight victory.

A former two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, Lincecum was selected to his fourth All-Star Game this season, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was manning the NL squad, opted not to use his ace in the game. That leaves Lincecum fresh for this outing after winning his final start before the break.

The right-hander beat the Mets on Saturday with six solid innings, winning for only the second time in his last eight starts, with three losses in that span. Lincecum allowed his only run versus New York in the first inning, but watched his offense respond with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.

"When you dig yourself a hole in the first inning, you can get frustrated and it can turn into a snowball effect. But [the offense] scored those two [runs] and let me relax," Lincecum said after improving to 7-7 with a 3.06 earned run average in 19 starts this year.

The 27-year-old is 6-4 with a 2.20 ERA in 15 career starts with the Padres, taking a home loss to the club on July 4 after giving up three runs over five innings. Lincecum did beat them in San Diego back on April 6 with seven innings of one-run ball and a season-best 13 strikeouts, upping his career mark at Petco Park to 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts.

The Giants look to make it four in a row over the Padres after rallying to take Thursday night's meeting, 6-2, in 12 innings. Aubrey Huff homered off Bell in the ninth inning to force extra innings before Pablo Sandoval highlighted a five-run 12th inning with a two-run single.

Mike Fontenot scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk issued by Luke Gregerson as the Giants won for the fifth time in six games and upped their edge over the idle Diamondbacks to 3 1/2 games for first place in the NL West.

Sandoval singled in the first inning to run his career-best hitting streak to 22 straight games. That is the longest by a Giant since Jack Clark's San Francisco-ear record of 26 straight contests from June 30-July 25, 1978.

However, it was Huff who had the biggest blow as he connected on the first homer given up by Bell since April 19 of last year. Bell had gone 99 games and 102 innings without serving up a long ball, both San Diego records.

"I had him 0-2, [Huff] fouled off two pitches, I went fastball in, tried to throw a breaking ball in," Bell told San Diego's website. "It was a pretty good pitch, but I think Huff was expecting it or saw it come out of my hand pretty good and he just tattooed it."

Bell also suffered his first blown save in 20 chances, but the loss highlighted San Diego's continued problems with scoring runs. The Padres have tied a season high with six straight losses and have scored just four runs in their last five games.

Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett each had two hits for the Padres, who loaded the bases in the 12th inning but managed only Will Venable's sacrifice fly to round out the scoring.

San Diego's Chase Headley left the game in the eighth inning with a left ankle contusion.

The Padres will start Dustin Moseley, who entered the break winless in five straight starts, going 0-2 despite a decent 3.72 ERA. San Diego lost all five of those games, including his last outing on July 6 at San Francisco.

Winless since June 3, the right-handed Moseley gave up four runs on five hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings, striking out a career-high nine batters while facing the Giants for the first time. Moseley, though, got a no-decision and the 29-year-old is 2-8 in 17 starts this year even though he has pitched to a 3.21 ERA.

The Padres won 12 of 18 over the Giants last year, but San Francisco now owns a slim 4-3 edge in this year's season series.

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