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Lincecum: 'It's competitive side of me that will get me through'

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Lincecum: 'It's competitive side of me that will get me through'

DENVER Tim Lincecum was more than 30 pitches deep into thefirst inning, Shane Loux began marking up a bullpen mound and Giants managerBruce Bochy tried to fight back a very bad feeling.

We had to get somebody up, Bochy said. It was hot outthere. It was getting to a point where wed have to go get him. We had to takecare of him.

The last time Lincecum pitched here at Coors Field, helasted just 2 13 innings the shortest start of his career. This one wasthreatening to be even shorter.

But then Lincecum got ahead of Wilin Rosario with the basesloaded. He kept throwing fastballs. Rosario fouled off a pair with two strikes.Lincecum came back with another, and Rosario hit a harmless fly out to rightfield.

Lincecum drew the battle line. He did not let the Rockiescross it again, gutting through six innings as the Giants completed their firstroad sweep of the season with an 8-3 victory at Coors Field on Sunday.
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More than any velocity or any mechanical issues, its thatcompetitive streak that Lincecum was missing in the first half when the Giantswere 4-14 in his starts. Its been the difference as the Giants have gone 4-1in his outings since the All-Star break.

Im just trying to stay competitive, Lincecum said.Thats the biggest thing. When its on the line and I dont have crap, itsthe competitive side of me that will get me through.

It always has. Lincecum recognized early that his changeupwas acting as a cutter in the dry air, so he went to his curveball and abackdoor slider to set up his fastball. He wasnt dominant, walking five andstriking out just three just the sixth start in his career when he had morefree passes than tickets punched.

But he found a way to adjust, as Ryan Vogelsong and MadisonBumgarner had done the previous two games.

I dont think anything is different, Lincecum said. Imnot throwing any harder, obviously, or throwing a new pitch. Im just having moreconviction with what I throw.

I remember youd refer to me as a stopper. Im just tryingto get back that edge. Today wasnt a stopper situation, but youve got toapproach it like that."

Lincecum had one win and a 9.00 ERA in his first 10 road starts. He's 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last two road outings, both in hitter's yards (Philadelphia and Colorado).

He helped pitch the Giants to their first road sweep of the season; it was their 13th opportunity to complete a three-game sweep in 2012, but just the fourth time they achieved it.

I just wanted to dig deep," Lincecum said. "I knew this was a big game forus. We wanted this sweep. Were a half-game up and we wanted to just keepputting the foot to the pedal.

The Giants certainly did that while outscoring the pitching-poor Rockies 35-12 in the three-game series. Theyalso went 20 for 52 (.385) with runners in scoring position over the threegames.

But it was a tightgame for most of Lincecums six innings, and he benefited from a bit of luck,too. Two innings ended with lineouts. Another ended on a double play when leftfielder Melky Cabrera caught a fly ball and threw a strike to the plate tothrow out Rosario trying to score.

Lincecum had so muchbad luck to go along with bad body language in the first half. Now he seems tohave his fighting spirit back, and his teammates seem inspired to fight alittle harder for him, too. Lincecum gave Hector Sanchez a hearty pat on theback after the catcher blocked the plate as he received Cabreras throw.

I wasdefinitely pumped up, Lincecum said. I knew I gave him a pretty good beatingback there and he kept trucking along. Youve got to give him a hand there.

Said Sanchez: I tried to block the plate. Thats what everycatcher tries to do. Its a perfect throw. Its a big guy. But thats my job.

Its in Lincecums job description to be an ace. Perhaps itsnot too late.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."

ELFIN PAINED IN LOSS

Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.

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Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.