Tim Lincecum is starting to look like last year's CY Young Award winner again. The "Freak" had two no-decisions in his last three start and was starting to look frustrated after his last start. The Giants' bullpen blew a 5-4 lead for Lincecum, and ended up losing the game 10-6 to the Nationals.
Tonight was a little different. Lincecum (5-1, 2.96 ERA) lasted seven and one-third innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He left the Giants' bullpen with a 3-2 lead that they would not surrender the rest of the night.
Sergio Romo had another solid outing, recording two important outs in the eighth. But CP Brian Wilson struggled again.
Wilson allowed two hits, but survived the ninth by striking out Florida Catcher John Baker to end the game, earning his 15th save of the year. Wilson's last five outings have been dramatic, but at least he is getting the job done.
The Giants built a 3-0 lead with one run in three consecutive innings.
Bengie Molina brought in Randy Winn in the top of the fourth with an RBI single to right of Marlins' starter Ricky Nolasco (2-6, 8.17 ERA). The next inning Molina did it again, bringing in Tim Lincecum with a sacrifice fly to center field, and suddenly the Giants had built a 2-0 lead.
In the sixth, it was Juan Uribe continuing to help this Giants team offensively. Uribe smacked an RBI double to right bringing in Fred Lewis, and that was all Tim Lincecum would need.
Lincecum held the Marlins to one hit till the eighth inning, when things got a little hairy.
Marlins' LF Chris Coghlan crushed a two-run homer and in one pitch Lincecum was lifted from the game. That was as close as the Marlins' would get for the rest of the night.
Aaron Rowand extended his hitting streak to 17 games with two hits in four at-bats.
The Giants wrap up their four game series with the Marlins tomorrow, as Randy Johnson takes the hill for the first time since his 300th victory.
The game can be seen on CSNBA in the Bay Area, and first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm.