Left fielder and former Giant Melky Cabrera came to the plate in the top of the first to a round of boos by the AT&T Park crowd. Cabrera singled off Lincecum and right fielder Jose Bautista grounded into a double play. Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion delivered a bomb to deep straight center field, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. Lincecum rebounded by striking out first baseman Adam Lind to conclude the inning. The Giants have allowed a National League leading 38 first-inning runs this season.
Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson allowed just a double to Marco Scutaro in the bottom of the first. After a clean top of the second by Lincecum, Hunter Pence reached base on a throwing error by Encarnacion. Pence moved to second on a Brandon Belt ground out and Andres Torres drilled a two-run homer to center field. It was his second home run of the season and the Giants took a 2-1 lead.
Lincecum stifled the Blue Jays after allowing the solo homer, retiring the next 14 batters until he walked Johnson with one out in the top of the sixth. Cabrera singled and Bautista lined out into a double play ending the inning. Lincecum produced a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh as he ended his night by retiring 18 of the last 20 batters he faced.
Jeremy Affeldt replaced him in the top of the eighth and threw just five pitches in the inning. The game remained 2-1 heading into the top of the ninth and Sergio Romo looked to lock down the win. Maicer Izturis led off the inning with a single and Romo got Cabrera to fly out after a lengthy battle with him. Romo retired the next two Blue Jays as the Giants won 2-1 and the Giants closer recorded his 16th save.
The story of the game was Lincecum, who notched the win (4-5) going seven strong innings, allowing three hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts, throwing 100 pitches, The Freak pitched no more than 17 pitches in an inning and was in command of his pitches throughout the night. It was his fourth quality start of the season.
The Giants managed only six hits on the night led by Gregor Blanco, who led the team with two. Torres led the team with two RBI's. The Giants had a batter reach base in seven of eight innings during the game. The orange and black are 20-1 when leading after six-innings, which is second best in the NL.
The 31-27 Giants look to sweep the quick two-game series Wednesday afternoon. Barry Zito (4-3) battles R.A. Dickey (4-7) at 12:45 pm.
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