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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

San Diego Padres walk off with win over San Francisco Giants - Inside Bay Area

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San Diego Padres' Everth Cabrera is congratulated by manager Bud Black after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO -- Tim Lincecum took a few positives out of Tuesday night's start against the San Diego Padres. The Giants once again took the loss.

Logan Forsythe's walk-off homer sealed a 6-5 Padres win at Petco Park and a seventh consecutive loss for the Giants with Lincecum on the mound. This one was slightly different in that Lincecum actually left the game with a 5-4 lead, but it was still largely similar to the majority of Lincecum's defeats.

The right-hander was once again undone by a big inning.

The Padres scored four runs in the second inning to become the fifth opponent in Lincecum's 12 starts to score four or more runs in an inning. Lincecum had given up such big frames only 10 times in his career before this season.

"You see signs of starts that have happened before, and you're trying your hardest to keep things from unraveling," he said. "I just tried to wrap my head around things I could control."

Lincecum put a wrap on the Padres after the second inning, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters and striking out eight. As Lincecum settled in, Ryan Theriot and the offense started chipping away at Padres starter Anthony Bass.

Theriot's single scored Gregor Blanco in the third, and the top of the order struck again in the sixth. Theriot, who has flourished since being moved into the No. 2 spot, followed Blanco's sixth-inning single with an RBI double.

Theriot scored on Buster Posey's sacrifice fly two batters later,

and Brandon Belt's sacrifice fly later in the inning tied the score.

Theriot untied it in the seventh. His third hit of the night, a sharp single to right, brought Brandon Crawford streaking home and gave the Giants a 5-4 lead.

Theriot is hitting .412 over his past 10 games. His efforts Tuesday put Lincecum in line for his first victory since April 28.

"To see the way he was battling, as an offense you want to battle as well," Theriot said.

Lincecum's rotation colleagues have been able to shield a battered bullpen over the past week with lengthy, effective outings. But after Jeremy Affeldt gave up the lead in the eighth -- on Carlos Quentin's second homer of the game -- and the Giants left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, manager Bruce Bochy was left with few options for the bottom of the final frame. Santiago Casilla (bruised tibia) remains unavailable, and Sergio Romo was being held for a save opportunity, so Bochy turned to rookie Steve Edlefsen.

"With Casilla down, you go a little differently," Bochy said. "All these guys -- you're going to need them occasionally. I wanted to start the inning with (Edlefsen). He just left a pitch up."

Forsythe crushed Edlefsen's 1-0 fastball into the left-field stands. It was Forsythe's first career homer.

"That's obviously one I'd like back," Edlefsen said. "The pitch was supposed to be low and away, and it kind of came back over the plate. That's a tough one to swallow."

There haven't been a lot of tough ones lately for the Giants, but a troubling theme continues to surface. The Giants are 19-5 since May 3 when starters other than Lincecum take the ball; they are 0-7 with Lincecum on the mound during that stretch and 2-10 overall in his starts.

Lincecum feels he is "starting to crawl out of (this) and make the right push in the right direction." But even he finds it hard to ignore the mounting losses.

"Everybody comes here with one purpose, and that's to win," he said. "It's just another thing to add to things that are going through my mind. Your job is to put the team in a position to win.

"I haven't been doing that."

  • Major League Baseball released the first updates in All-Star game fan voting, showing that Posey is in a tight heat in the bid to be voted the National League's starting catcher; Posey (1,072,464 votes) trails only St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (1,100,048).

    Melky Cabrera is in fifth place among National League outfielders but trails Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who currently holds the third and final starting spot, by nearly 400,000 votes. Pablo Sandoval is fourth in the voting among third basemen.

  • Sandoval started at third base for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies and went 1 for 4 with a double.
  • Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He also has streaks of 20 and 11 games this season and has hit safely in 44 of his past 46 games.
  • The Giants selected college pitchers with six of their first seven picks on the second day of the MLB draft. Through the first 15 rounds, the Giants have selected seven pitchers, two catchers, two infielders and four outfielders.

    Saint Mary's right-hander Martin Agosta was chosen in the second round. Agosta, who went 9-2 with a 2.18 ERA this season, went to Jesuit High School in Sacramento, where he was a teammate of Andrew Susac, last year's second-round pick.

    Right fielder Johnathan "Mac" Williamson, a third-round pick, hit 17 homers for Wake Forest. Center fielder Ryan Tella, an 11th-round pick out of Auburn, is a Fremont native.

    For more on the Giants, see Alex Pavlovic's Giants Extra blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/Giants. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/AlexPavlovic.

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