10:15 PM ET, September 8, 2008
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Lincecum falls short of first complete game but comes away with win
SAN FRANCISCO -- The slumping Arizona Diamondbacks might be playing themselves right out of the NL West race -- and Cy Young candidate Tim Lincecum put another dent in their effort to get back on track.Lincecum struck out nine, Bengie Molina hit a three-run homer and San Francisco sent the D-backs to their fourth straight defeat with a 6-2 victory on Monday night."He was something special," Arizona's Miguel Montero said of Lincecum.
• Tim Lincecum is 5-0 in his last nine starts. He struck out nine, his 11th straight game with 6 or more strikeouts. His 225 strikeouts are the sixth most since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958.
• Bengie Molina, who had no RBIs in his last seven games, homered and had three RBIs.
• The Diamondbacks have lost four in a row and 11 of 14.
-- ESPN research
Lincecum singled in the third for his 11th hit this year. He is 3-0 in five career starts against Arizona and pitched into the ninth for the second time in his career. ... Molina set a new career high with 82 RBIs. "That means a lot to me," he said. "I wanted to do it so bad. It means I'm improving every year." ... Sandoval is batting .385 (5-for-13) with eight RBIs during the first four games of San Francisco's homestand. ... Giants LHP starter Noah Lowry, out all year following forearm nerve surgery, threw another bullpen session and will soon face live hitters and report to instructional league in Arizona. He also plans to play winter ball to get back to his top form. "I'm happy to be back on the mound," Lowry said. "It's encouraging to be doing baseball work." ... San Francisco RHP reliever Osiris Matos will be out a couple of days nursing a strained back.
Regular Season Series
|Arizona leads 11-7 (as of Mon 9/8)|
|Mon 4/14||@SF 5, ARI 4||Recap|
|Tue 4/15||ARI 8, @SF 2||Recap|
|Wed 4/16||ARI 4, @SF 1||Recap|
|Mon 4/21||@ARI 4, SF 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/22||@ARI 5, SF 4||Recap|
|Tue 5/27||SF 6, @ARI 3||Recap|
|Wed 5/28||SF 11, @ARI 3||Recap|
|Thu 5/29||SF 4, @ARI 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/25||ARI 10, @SF 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/26||ARI 5, @SF 3||Recap|
|Sun 7/27||ARI 7, @SF 2||Recap|
|» Mon 9/8||@SF 6, ARI 2||Box Score|
|Tue 9/9||@SF 5, ARI 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/10||@SF 4, ARI 3||Recap|
|Mon 9/15||@ARI 3, SF 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/16||@ARI 2, SF 0||Recap|
|Wed 9/17||@ARI 7, SF 6||Recap|
|Thu 9/18||@ARI 3, SF 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Diamondbacks | Giants|
|3rd||P Sandoval singled to center, D Roberts scored, R Winn to second.||0||1|
|3rd||B Molina homered to left, R Winn and P Sandoval scored.||0||4|
|3rd||D Roberts walked, E Burriss scored, O Vizquel to third, T Lincecum to second.||0||5|
|7th||R Aurilia singled to center, B Molina scored.||0||6|
|9th||J D'Antona grounded into fielder's choice to first, A Dunn scored, M Reynolds out at second, C Jackson to third, C Jackson scored on error by pitcher A Hinshaw.||2||6|
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|Stadium||AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA|
|Attendance||30,252 (72.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||60 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Dimuro, First Base - Tim Mcclelland, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Mike Everitt|