Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, June 21
San Francisco2
Game 2: Wednesday, June 22
San Francisco5
Game 3: Thursday, June 23
San Francisco2

Twins 1

(32-41, 18-25 away)

Giants 2

(41-34, 21-13 home)

    3:45 PM ET, June 23, 2011

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: T. Lincecum (6-6)

    L: B. Duensing (4-7)

    S: B. Wilson (21)

    Tim Lincecum fans 12 to helps Giants edge Twins

    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum needed a psychological boost. When he got it, his fastball command returned.

    Lincecum struck out 12 in seven superb innings, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Thursday.

    "I wasn't worried about what would happen when I threw pitches," said the two-time Cy Young Award winner. "It was just confidence. Early in the game, when I was commanding the zone, I just opened my mind to be that much more confident."

    Miguel Tejada and Cody Ross drove in runs for the Giants, who won their second straight following a season-long five-game skid.

    Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 12 games with three hits and RBI for Minnesota, which lost its second in a row after a season-best eight-game win streak. The Twins are 15-4 since their last losing rut.

    Lincecum (6-6) rebounded from a rash of poor starts. He gave up three hits, walked two and never allowed a runner past second base.

    "Even when I threw a bullpen I wanted to have belief in myself," Lincecum said. "I wanted that to carry over into games. I was executing my pitches and believing in what I threw at the moment."

    Javier Lopez pitched the eighth and Brian Wilson got three outs, despite allowing his first run in 15 1/3 innings, for his 21st save in 23 chances.

    Brian Duensing (4-7) allowed just his sixth earned run in his last 22 2/3 innings. He yielded six hits, walked two and struck out five.

    "A very good pitching matchup," Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They just pitched a little better. That's the Duensing we were looking for. He was consistent and has good stuff."

    Lincecum entered the game with the worst NL ERA (7.59) in June. He threw 72 of his 109 pitches for strikes in one of his most effective starts. He won for the first time since May 27.

    "Timmy was outstanding," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was good to see him back on track. He was comfortable throwing any pitch and he had good rhythm."

    The Giants opened the scoring in the second inning. Pablo Sandoval singled with one out and Pat Burrell followed with a double. Sandoval scored on Tejada's infield groundout.

    Duensing and reliever Alex Burnett got the Twins out of a tight spot in the seventh. The Giants had runners on first and third with no outs and failed to score after pinch-runner Emmanuel Burriss was caught trying to score on a safety squeeze and pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz grounded sharply to second with the infield in.

    "That guy was filthy," Duensing said of Lincecum. "That's how you win Cy Young awards. He has really good stuff, gets ahead in the count a lot and made us chase a lot."

    Burnett hit Aaron Rowand with a pitch but then got Bill Hall to fly out.

    Ross added an RBI single in the eighth against Glen Perkins.

    Game notes

    Bochy said there would "be a little bias" when it came to All-Star roster additions when asked about RHP Ryan Vogelsong. ... The Twins activated RHP Joe Nathan after the game and plan to activate INF Jim Thome. RHP Jim Hoey was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room. ... Giants OF Andres Torres and SS Brandon Crawford were given the day off and both are likely to start Friday. ... Twins C Joe Mauer (sore back) and INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka (sore hamstring) were held out of the starting lineup. They both pinch hit. ... Giants INF Mike Fontenot (right groin strain) could start a rehab assignment this weekend. ... Twins OF Denard Span (concussion) may start hitting again when the team arrives in Milwaukee. ... Cuddyer has eight doubles over his last 12 games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumAT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
    Attendance42,481 (101.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:22
    Weather61 degrees, sunny
    Wind14 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike Dimuro, Third Base - Andy Fletcher

    Research Notes

    Tim Lincecum was nearly unhittable on Thursday, as the Twins missed on 24 swings, matching the second-most misses against any pitcher in a start this season. All 12 strikeouts against Lincecum were swinging, matching the most swinging strikeouts by a pitcher in a start this season. Ten of Lincecum's strikeouts were on pitches the Twins chased out of the strike zone.

    Lincecum Tim Lincecum had struggled recently, going 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA over his past four starts. But he bounced back Thursday, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 12. That is the fourth time this season that Lincecum has struck out 10 or more while allowing one earned run or less -- most in the majors.

    Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong did not surrender an earned run Wednesday versus the Twins, his 9th consecutive start allowing 2 earned runs or less this season. That is by far the longest streak of that kind in his career in 44 career starts. His previous longest streak of that kind was 2 games which he did 4 times from 2003-2004.

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