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May 21, 2009 - 6:52 AM By DAN PIERINGER STATS Writer

San Francisco (19-20) at San Diego (18-22), 10:05 p.m. EDT

The San Francisco Giants' lack of offense has doomed them to consecutive losses in their three-game series against the NL West rival San Diego Padres.

Low run totals, however, generally aren't as much of a problem with Tim Lincecum on the mound.

Lincecum looks to bounce back from his worst start of the year and continue his dominance of the suddenly streaking Padres in the series finale Thursday night in San Diego, where the Giants are winless this year.

San Francisco (19-20) has totaled six hits in each of the first two games of this series, both 2-1 losses. The Giants were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday.

"I don't have much to say," said manager Bruce Bochy, who was ejected in the bottom of the eighth after arguing a call at first base. "Same game, very similar to (Tuesday) night. We're just not getting that hit. We're just real cold right now with the bats. ... We found out one run is not going to work."

While that type of offensive performance isn't conducive to winning baseball, Lincecum (3-1, 3.75 ERA) is the type of pitcher that can make meager run totals stand up, especially against San Diego (18-22). The right-hander is 3-2 with a 1.45 ERA in nine career starts against the Padres, and the Giants have gone 7-2.

Adrian Gonzalez - the major league leader with 15 homers and San Diego's leader in RBIs (29), runs scored (28) and hits (42) - is 5 for 27 (.185) with 12 strikeouts and no extra-base hits in his career against the reigning NL Cy Young winner.

Lincecum posted a 2.25 ERA during a streak of five consecutive quality starts before Friday, when he was reached for a season-high five runs and a season high-tying 10 hits in six innings of an 8-6 loss to the New York Mets.

He'll try to bounce back against a San Diego team that's matched a season high with five straight wins following a 4-19 stretch.

The Padres, who took all three games against Cincinnati over the weekend, are in position to record consecutive sweeps of at least three games for the first time since Sept. 14-20, 2007. After dropping seven of nine at home against the Giants last year, they've won the first five meetings at Petco Park in 2009.

Part of the reason behind San Diego's recent success is Heath Bell, who took over for longtime closer and career saves leader Trevor Hoffman, now with Milwaukee. Bell opened the season by converting all 11 of his save chances with 17 scoreless innings. Texas' Frank Francisco is the only other qualifying reliever in the majors with a 0.00 ERA.

Bell has struck out five while pitching 2 2-3 perfect innings in notching three saves against San Francisco, but he might not be available Thursday after pitching an inning in each of the last two games.

Lincecum will match up against a familiar face in Kevin Correia (1-2, 5.06), who's making his first career appearance against the team with which he spent his first six major league seasons.

Correia, a right-hander originally from San Diego, went a season-high seven innings Friday, holding the Reds to three runs and five hits in a 5-3 win.








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    FINAL
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    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 10 3
    SAN DIEGO 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SFO - TIM LINCECUM, BOB HOWRY (8TH), JEREMY AFFELDT (8TH), BRIAN
    WILSON (9TH) AND BENGIE MOLINA
    SDG - KEVIN CORREIA, JOE THATCHER (7TH), EDWARD MUJICA
    (8TH), HEATH

    May 22 1:05 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT HAIRSTON SCORED TONY GWYNN JR..
    FINAL SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3, SAN FRANCISCO 2

    Giants 2, Padres 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 22 1:05 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    DAVID ECKSTEIN HIT BY BRIAN WILSON PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED KEVIN KOUZMANOFF.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ECKSTEIN ON FIRST, B GILES ON SECOND, T
    GWYNN JR. ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    SAN DIEGO 2 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: S HAIRSTON (.330, 0-FOR-4)

    Giants 2, Padres 2  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 22 1:03 AM
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    Giants 2, Padres 2  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 22 1:03 AM
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    Giants 2, Padres 1  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 22 12:58 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RANDY WINN SCORED EUGENIO VELEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WINN ON FIRST, B MOLINA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    SAN DIEGO 1 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: N SCHIERHOLTZ (.220, 1-FOR-3)

    Giants 2, Padres 1  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 22 12:42 AM
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    Giants 2, Padres 1  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 22 12:42 AM
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    Giants 1, Padres 1  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 21 11:54 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY AARON ROWAND (4) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF KEVIN CORREIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1, SAN DIEGO 1
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: E VELEZ (.147, 0-FOR-2)

    Giants 1, Padres 1  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 21 11:26 PM
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    Giants 0, Padres 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 21 11:12 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ECKSTEIN SCORED CHRIS BURKE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ECKSTEIN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    SAN DIEGO 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: S HAIRSTON (.340, 0-FOR-1)

    Giants 0, Padres 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 21 10:45 PM