Lincecum Fans Eight In Giants 2-0 Win Over Phillies

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum won his 12th game blanking the Phillies for eight innings and San Francisco beat Philadelphia 2-0 on Saturday night.

Lincecum struck out eight and leads the majors with 191. On Monday, he struck out 15 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 opportunities and gave the Giants a major league-leading 14th shutout.

The Giants improved to 36-16 (.692) at home which is the best home record in the majors.

Joe Blanton suffered his first defeat in his last five outings as the N.L. East leading Phillies lost for only the 18th time on the road this season.

Travis Ishikwara and Fred Lewis each had two hits for San Francisco.

In the seventh after Ishikwara reached on his second single of the night, Aaron Rowand was hit by a pitch and Ishikwara moved to third on a fly out. Uribe lofted his second sacrifice fly of the game to give the Giants took 2-0 lead.

Blanton (7-5) went seven innings giving up seven hits while striking out five. He had only allowed one hit until the fifth when Rowand doubled to deep center. He took third on Fred Lewis' infield single which bounced off Blanton's glove and scored on Uribe's shallow sacrifice fly.

Through the first five innings, Lincecum wasn't as sharp giving up seven hits but was able to work out of every jam he was in. In the third, fourth and fifth innings with men on base, the Giants' ace was able to induce either groundouts or get a strikeout to get out of trouble.

In the top of the fifth, Lincecum loaded the bases and got Raul Ibanez to ground out to second base to end the inning and the threat.

Game notes
The .741 winning percentage for the Phillies in July when they went 20-7 was their best winning percentage for the month since 1890 when they went 21-6 and had a .778 winning percentage. ... They finished July with their third consecutive winning month, it was the first time since 2003 that the team had three straight winning months. ... There were 650 dogs in attendance for the "Dog Days" celebration before the game.


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