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Giants shut out D'backs for win


Giants shut out D'backs for win
After returning home from a nightmare trip, the Giants unloaded some baggage Friday night.

They rid themselves of a six-game losing streak by beating Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 at AT&T Park. They did it behind a stellar outing from Jonathan Sanchez and Houdini acts from three relievers.

As an additional homecoming gift, Tim Lincecum pronounced himself healthy and ready to turn things around when he faces the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Rarely have the shores of McCovey Cove seemed so soothing.

"You have to be able to put those stretches behind you," Manager Bruce Bochy said, referring to the Giants' 0-6 swing through San Diego and Los Angeles. "We know we're going to have our moments."

Sanchez pitched 62/3 shutout innings before Jeremy Affeldt, Bob Howry and Brian Wilson (first save) walked the tight rope the rest of the way.

The offense came from Bengie Molina, who drove in a run in the fifth, and from Andres Torres, who hit his second career home run in the eighth.

Torres celebrated by sprinting around the bases as if legging out a triple. He touched home plate in the time it used to take Barry Bonds to make the turn around first.

Then again, the Giants barely remember what a home-run trot looks like: It was only their sixth long ball of the season.

The Giants hope to keep the good vibes coming in the second game of the series. They are encouraged that the reigning Cy Young Award winner feeling like himself again.

Medical tests Thursday revealed no serious problems with his ailing stomach. Doctors told him to take Prilosec, a common heartburn remedy, and Lincecum said he felt better almost immediately.

As a precaution, Lincecum will also stick to a bland diet until he can figure out what's bothering his stomach.

"It's good news for Timmy," Bochy said.

As for that other malady Lincecum's 7.56 ERA the pitcher found his own cure. While watching tape of his first two starts, he noticed how often his landing foot was out of whack.

Instead of his leg being directly toward home plate, Lincecum was landing with his foot slightly to the left or right.

Swiveling in his chair to demonstrate, Lincecum said that his hip rotation was out of sync with his arm.

"I was stepping across my body a little bit," he said. "If that isn't working right, and the timing isn't there, that might cause me to fly open too soon."

Lincecum has a tough act to follow. Sanchez delivered the type of performance the Giants keep expecting from their rotation that, before Friday, was a mere 1-6 with a 7.42 ERA.

Sanchez surrendered a double to his first batter, Felipe Lopez, but then snapped into form.

He barely had a hint of trouble until the seventh, when Justin Upton doubled and Chris Young walked. That was Sanchez's final batter, as Affeldt entered and got pinch hitter Tony Clark to line out to right field.

Howry wobbled in the eighth, as Lopez singled, stole second with one out and went to third on a throwing error by Molina.

But Howry struck out Conor Jackson looking on a borderline inside pitch and Wilson came on to strike out Mark Reynolds on a 98 mph fastball.

Coming off a 0-6 trip in which they were outscored 42-14 and batted just .208, the Giants again struggled for runs.

But they broke through in the fifth against Dan Haren, who dropped to 0-3 despite a 1.89 ERA.

Pablo Sandoval started the rally with a two-out double to right and Molina drove him home with a single to left.

Just like that, the Giants were up 1-0. It marked just the third time this season that they had scored first.

Giants 2, D'backs 0 ?Today: vs. Arizona, 1 p.m. ?TV/Radio: None/KNBR (680)


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 19, 2009

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