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Lincecum Helps Giants Drop Magic Number to Seven

(Sept. 19, 2012) -- Manager Bruce Bochy's slow trot to the mound in the seventh inning signaled the end of Tim Lincecum's night and coaxed some murmured boos from the AT&T Park crowd, which were followed by a loud ovation for the embattled two-time Cy Young Award winner as he left the field.

Lincecum tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday night to shave another figure off the Giants' magic number, which dwindled to seven after a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

His seventh quality start in his last 10 outings lowered his second-half ERA to 3.06, which is less than half of the 6.42 ERA he posted before the All-Star break, and his season ERA dropped to 4.91, the first time it has been below 5.00 this season.

"I know it's been a long year, but I've never stopped working," Lincecum said. "I've never stopped trying to get better."

San Francisco's Xavier Nady aided Lincecum's effort with two RBI singles, and the Giants extended their lead over the rained-out Dodgers to 8 1/2 games in the National League West standings. The Giants have now won 11 of Lincecum's last 17 starts after going 2-12 in his first 14 outings this season.

Lincecum used a bevy of fastballs and sliders to notch 10 groundouts and six strikeouts in his 10th win, becoming just the eighth pitcher in San Francisco-era history to register double-digit wins in five consecutive seasons.

Nady gave the Giants the early lead when he followed a two-out double from Hector Sanchez with a single in the second inning, and he later added an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth.

The Giants' bid for their 14th shutout of the season wasn't foiled until the eighth when Santiago Casilla gave up a two-run home run to Wilin Rosario.

Angel Pagan drove in Gregor Blanco in the eighth inning with his Major League-leading and San Francisco-era Giants-record 14th triple.

The Giants, who are now 2-0 in their 10-game homestand, have won 14 of their last 20 games and 24 of their last 35.