OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Lincecum pitched a seven-hitter in another complete game against Oakland, Pablo Sandoval and Edgar Renteria each hit RBI doubles and the San Francisco Giants beat the Athletics 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Lincecum (7-2), the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner who fueled up with an ice cream taco pregame in the clubhouse, had a 2-0 lead before he even threw his first pitch. He struck out 12 in his fourth career complete game and second this year, finishing the 2-hour, 16-minute game with an efficient 108 pitches. The other also came against the A's, on June 12.
Bengie Molina and Matt Downs added sacrifice flies as the Giants bounced back after the A's snapped their five-game winning streak in the series Monday night. San Francisco swept Oakland earlier this month for the first time since 2001.
Lincecum's lone baserunner in the first 5 1/3 innings came on Jason Giambi's solo home run leading off the second. Giambi returned to Oakland's lineup after getting the day off Monday to rest his sore body.
Ryan Sweeney and Orlando Cabrera hit back-to-back singles off Lincecum in the fifth, then Daric Barton walked to load the bases. But pinch-hitter Nomar Garciaparra hit the first pitch he saw into an inning-ending double play.
The A's loaded the bases again with one out in the sixth only to ground into another double play, then Lincecum escaped another jam in the seventh. Still, he was efficient, having thrown only 89 pitches through seven.
Lincecum struck out 10 or more for the fourth time this season. He was coming off just his second loss of the year last Wednesday to the Angels and first in 12 starts since a defeat at San Diego on April 12.
Sweeney and Cabrera were the only players with two hits for Oakland, which had won three of four.
A's rookie Vin Mazzaro (2-2), who lost to Lincecum and the Giants 3-0 on June 12, hung tough through six innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out six and walked two.
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