Rockies 3, Giants 0

Tim Lincecum’s modest win streak is over, the Giants are

struggling to hit at home and now their lead in the NL West is

gone.

Lincecum pitched seven mostly strong innings but got little

offensive support from San Francisco’s offense, which managed just

three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday

night.

While it was another step forward for the Giants’ two-time NL Cy

Young Award winner, it was also a stark reminder of how they’ve

struggled offensively at AT&T Park this year.

San Francisco hasn’t scored in its last 14 innings at home and

was shut out for the fifth time this season – sixth overall – at

its waterfront ballpark.

”Timmy was fine, we just didn’t swing it,” manager Bruce Bochy

said. ”It’s pretty simple. (Lincecum) wasn’t the problem. Three

hits was the problem.”

The Giants swept the Rockies in a three-game series at Coors

Field a week ago when they outscored the hosts 35-13.

This time around, San Francisco only got one runner to third

base.

”We go into every game with the same amount of confidence and

it doesn’t matter where we’re playing,” said shortstop Brandon

Crawford, who had two of the Giants’ three hits. ”We just haven’t

seemed to get hits here lately.”

San Francisco (61-52) fell into a tie with the Los Angeles

Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

Tyler Chatwood combined with three relievers on the shutout,

just the third by the Rockies this season.

Wilin Rosario doubled twice and scored a run while Tyler Colvin

added two hits and an RBI for Colorado. The Rockies scored all

their runs off Lincecum, who had allowed only two runs in his

previous two starts.

”This is the kind of game you really feel like a team,” said

D.J. LeMahieu, who singled and scored in the third. ”The pitchers

are doing their job, the defense goes great and the offense

scratches out some runs.”

Chatwood (2-2) scattered three hits over five innings in his

second start this season. The right-hander, who began the season in

the bullpen, had two strikeouts and two walks.

Adam Ottavino pitched two innings, Matt Belisle worked the

eighth and Rafael Betancourt pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 20th

save.

Lincecum (6-12) repeatedly fell behind in the count and the

Rockies took advantage.

LeMahieu singled leading off the third, was sacrificed to second

and scored from third on Dexter Fowler’s single to left-center.

Fowler tried to stretch his hit into a double but was thrown out by

San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan.

In the fourth, Rosario doubled and scored on Colvin’s RBI single

to make it 2-0.

Lincecum, who had won his previous two starts, struck out three

and walked two in seven innings.

”I gave them too many good pitches to hit,” he said. ”It was

just a tough day. Losing, getting shut out like that at home, is

tough for us.”

Chatwood wasn’t overpowering but he was effective.

The Giants got a runner to second in the third and fourth but

failed to advance against the right-hander.

In the fifth, San Francisco put runners on the corners with one

out but Chatwood worked out of it with some help from his

teammates. Chatwood struck out Lincecum, and Rosario threw out

Crawford trying to steal second on the same pitch.

Colorado’s defense came up big again in the sixth.

With Melky Cabrera on first following a two-out error by third

baseman Chris Nelson, LeMahieu knocked down Hunter Pence’s sharp

grounder up the middle and scrambled to make a one-handed flip to

shortstop Josh Rutledge covering the bag.

Nelson made up for his gaffe and gave the Rockies some breathing

room with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that knocked in Colvin to

make it 3-0.

Colorado’s pitching did the rest.

Ottavino pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh,

and San Francisco didn’t manage a baserunner the rest of the

way.

NOTES: San Francisco 3B Pablo Sandoval (strained hamstring)

played five innings during a rehab start in the minors and could

rejoin the big league club by Monday, according to Bochy. …

Colorado 1B Todd Helton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum

in his right hip, bringing an end to a disappointing season.

Helton, who turns 39 on Aug. 20, has said he plans to return for

the final season of his two-year contract. … Rockies SS Troy

Tulowitzki (groin) is running without pain but isn’t yet close to

playing. Tulowitzki has been on the DL since May 31. … RHP Matt

Cain (10-5) tries to end his four-start winless streak for the

Giants on Saturday. LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-6) pitches for the

Rockies. … A plaque commemorating Cain’s perfect game against the

Houston Astros on June 13 was placed on a walkway outside the

right-field wall at AT&T Park during a pregame ceremony.