Giants 6, Mets 1

At times, Tim Lincecum was every bit an ace. At others, all over

the place.

”I didn’t feel like I had a good rhythm,” he said.

Lincecum posted his first win of the season despite another

uneven performance, Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey homered and

the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 6-1 Monday in the

first game of a doubleheader.

Slightly over 1,000 fans were in the stands when the opener

began on a windy, raw afternoon better suited for the Bay Area and

perhaps 10,000 were bundled up at the end. A rainout Sunday forced

the twinbill.

Madison Bumgarner was set to pitch the second game for the

Giants against Dillon Gee. San Francisco had won seven of 10


Battered in his first three starts, Lincecum (1-2) allowed one

run in five innings and struck out eight, often throwing his

fastball past the Mets. The two-time Cy Young winner also walked

five and gave up four hits in lowering his ERA from 10.54 to


Lincecum admits he’d been overthinking his recent outings.

”Your head’s spinning and you’re going to 50 different answers

trying to get one,” he said.

”We get caught up in negatives so easily,” he said, ”and

forget about the positives.”

Lincecum got help on his 108th and final pitch. With the bases

loaded, one out and the Giants ahead by five runs, Ike Davis hit a

grounder up the middle. Second baseman Emmanuel Burris stopped the

ball and made a backhanded flip with his glove to shortstop Brandon

Crawford, who barehanded the toss and turned a terrific double


Lincecum won his fourth straight start against the Mets, never

permitting more than one run in any of them. Shaky in the first

inning this year, he struck out three of the first five


”I can’t always expect big results,” he said.

Miguel Batista (0-1) lasted only 3 2-3 innings in a spot start.

The 41-year-old righty began the game by pitching out of the

stretch – fittingly, the Giants had runners on base against him all


”I missed my location I would say three times, cost me two

runs,” Batista said. ”Posey hit a good pitch, I was surprised.

The other guy, it was right down the middle.”

Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI single in the first, but was thrown

out trying to stretch it into a double. Posey followed with his

home run.

Schierholtz hit a three-run homer in the third, set up by first

baseman Davis’ two-out, none-on error. Schierholtz also tripled and

singled and Crawford added an RBI double.

Mike Baxter doubled home the Mets’ run in the second after a

two-out walk.

The Mets lost for the fourth time in five games. A bright spot

for them: Jeremy Hefner, promoted hours earlier from Triple-A

Buffalo, pitched three scoreless innings in his major league


NOTES: Posey is 2 for 2 for two homers against Batista. …

Sandoval has a 15-game hitting streak. The San Francisco record at

the start of a season is 16 by Willie Mays in 1960, STATS LLC said.

… Marlins SS Jose Reyes makes his return to Citi Field on Tuesday

night when Miami visits the Mets. ”He was a dynamic, exciting

player for us. I think he deserves a warm reception from our

fans,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. ”I hope he gets a good

reception.” … Johan Santana (0-2, 3.97 ERA), pushed back a day

by the rainout, starts for the Mets on Tuesday against Marlins ace

Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.94). … Matt Cain (1-0, 1.88) starts for the

Giants on Tuesday night at Cincinnati. … Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez

(dislocated right shoulder) begins a rehab assignment Monday night

for Class A San Jose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team had

mapped out an 18-day rehab for Sanchez.