SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eleven days after no-hitting the Padres, Tim Lincecum took a shutout into the seventh inning against San Diego to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory Sunday.
Lincecum (8-5) extended his scoreless streak to 23 1-3 innings before Brooks Conrad hit a solo homer in the seventh to knock him out of the game.
The streak started with his second career no-hitter against San Diego on June 25. Lincecum followed that with eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over St. Louis on Tuesday.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed one run on three hits, walked four and struck out six. Lincecum has won all three starts this season against San Diego and improved his mark against the Padres to 16-6 in 29 career starts.
Lincecum threw his first no-hitter at San Diego on July 13, 2013.
The Giants, who had dropped 18 of 22 games after they lost the opener Friday, won two straight to win only their second series in nearly a month.
Brandon Belt drove in two runs for San Francisco and Hunter Pence had three hits, extending his season-best hitting streak to 11 games, and scored three runs.
Rookie Joe Panik and Michael Morse each had an RBI.
Three relievers combined with Lincecum on a four-hitter. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his third save in six chances.
Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer, his seventh, off former closer Sergio Romo in the eighth inning to cut the Giants’ lead to 5-3.
The Padres did not get their first hit off Lincecum until there were two outs in the fourth.
Rookie Jessie Hahn (4-2) lost his four-start winning streak, allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings in his sixth major league start. The left-hander struck out five and walked two.
Hahn retired 11 straight batters after he allowed Morse’s RBI single to fall behind 3-0 in the third.
Belt singled in a run in the first and had a sacrifice fly in San Francisco’s two-run eighth.
NOTES: Lincecum’s career best for scoreless innings is 29 in 2009. … Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval, who left Saturday night’s game with a left elbow bruise after he was hit while swinging at a pitch, did not play. … The Giants’ 5-3 win Saturday night in 10 innings was just the club’s third victory since moving to San Francisco in 1958 in which the team won a game with a game-tying homer in the ninth inning and a game-winning home run in the 10th, according to information provided to the Giants by the Elias Sports Bureau. … Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-5, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to face A’s RHP Jesse Chavez (6-5, 3.23) in the opener of a three-game series at Oakland on Monday. … The Padres travel to Colorado with RHP Ian Kennedy (6-9, 3.87) going against Rockies LHP Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.25) in the opener of a three-game set.