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Hahn's latest quality outing not enough vs resurgent Lincecum in Padres' 5-3 loss to Giants
SAN DIEGO - Padres rookie Jesse Hahn pitched another quality game. On a day when two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum continued his recent roll, it wasn't enough.
Eleven days after no-hitting the Padres, Lincecum carried a shutout into the seventh inning Sunday to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over San Diego.
Lincecum (8-5) extended his scoreless streak to 23 1-3 innings before Brooks Conrad hit a solo homer in the seventh to knock him out of the game.
Hahn (4-2) faced some early troubles in falling behind 3-0 after three innings, but he toughened and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point.
The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, equaling his career high in six big league starts. He struck out five and walked two.
"In the early innings, they were sitting on my curveball, so I had to make some adjustments," Hahn said.
After Hahn allowed Michael Morse's RBI single to give the Giants a 3-0 lead, he set down 11 straight batters until a one-out walk to Brandon Crawford in the seventh.
"The second half of his outing was outstanding," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I was really impressed with how Jesse hung in there."
Hahn was riding a four-start winning streak in which the 24-year-old allowed just two earned runs in 24 innings (0.75 ERA) with 31 strikeouts and eight walks.
"I know the film is out there on me now," he said. "They can see I have a good curveball. Some of the swings they took on me, you could tell they were sitting on it. I need to use the changeup and slider more to keep them off that curveball."
Lincecum's streak started with his second career no-hitter against San Diego on June 25. He followed that with eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over St. Louis on Tuesday.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed one run on three hits against the Padres this time, walking four and striking out six. Lincecum has won all three starts this season against San Diego and improved his mark against the Padres to 16-6 in 29 career starts.
"It's just a feeling I have right now," Lincecum said. "I look for consistency and this is about as consistent as I have been in the last few years. Hopefully, this is the start of something good."
Lincecum threw his first no-hitter at San Diego on July 13, 2013.
The Giants, who had dropped 18 of 22 games after they lost the opener Friday, won two straight to win only their second series in nearly a month.
Brandon Belt drove in two runs for San Francisco and Hunter Pence had three hits, extending his season-best hitting streak to 11 games, and scored three runs.
Rookie Joe Panik added an RBI double.
Three relievers combined with Lincecum on a four-hitter. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his third save in six chances.
Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer, his seventh, off former closer Sergio Romo in the eighth inning to cut the Giants' lead to 5-3.
The Padres did not get their first hit off Lincecum until there were two outs in the fourth.
Belt singled in a run in the first and had a sacrifice fly in San Francisco's two-run eighth.
NOTES: Lincecum's career best for scoreless innings is 29 in 2009. ... Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval, who left Saturday night's game with a left elbow bruise after he was hit while swinging at a pitch, did not play. ... The Giants' 5-3 win Saturday night in 10 innings was just the club's third victory since moving to San Francisco in 1958 in which the team won with a tying homer in the ninth inning and a winning home run in the 10th, according to information provided to the Giants by the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-5, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to face A's RHP Jesse Chavez (6-5, 3.23) in the opener of a three-game series at Oakland on Monday. ... The Padres travel to Colorado with RHP Ian Kennedy (6-9, 3.87) going against Rockies LHP Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.25) in the opener of a three-game set.
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