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Lincecum pitches well, Romo blows save in Giants' 7-4 loss to Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum has put together two quality starts and that gives him something to build on.

The former two-time Cy Young Award winner left the game leading after six innings and then watched as the Colorado Rockies scored five runs in the top of the ninth to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Friday night.

"I'm trying to stay consistent," Lincecum said. "I'm keeping my front shoulder from bailing out and that helps with location. My fastball was a lot better. The two-seamer I was able to locate against right-handers and that opened the plate for me."

Lincecum allowed three hits and two runs, retiring the final 10 batters he faced. Three San Francisco relievers combined to shut out Colorado over the next two innings before closer Sergio Romo (3-2) gave it back in the ninth.

"It was nice to stay consistent throughout," Lincecum said. "I'm just going to try to stay with the same approach."

Lincecum has recorded seven quality starts among his 14 games this season but entered the game with the fifth-highest ERA among qualifying pitchers in the NL. He has allowed three runs or fewer in eight of his last nine outings at home.

"He had real good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had good velocity and threw some great secondary pitches. It's a shame we couldn't hold on and give him a win."

The Rockies were listless at the plate for most of the night, trailed 4-2 and had gone five straight innings without a hit before rallying.

The Rockies had to overcome an injury-shortened night by starter Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa, who had lost his previous two starts, was forced out of the game after the third inning due to tightness in his lower back.

The Rockies bailed him out with their huge ninth, marking the eighth time this season Colorado has won in its final at-bat.

Up to that point, manager Walt Weiss' team hadn't done much.

Morneau finished with two hits, the only Rockies player with multiple hits.

De La Rosa struggled even before his back acted up. He had to strike out Lincecum to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second, and then gave up a leadoff double to Angel Pagan in the third. After Hunter Pence's RBI single, De La Rosa retired the next two batters but threw one pitch to Michael Morse before summoning team trainers and Weiss to the mound.

Umpires allowed De La Rosa to make a few warm-up pitches before Morse hit a tying single.

Morse also doubled off reliever Tommy Kahnle in the fifth, and Pence doubled and scored on a wild pitch by Chris Martin in the seventh.

The two teams split their first eight games this season and were playing for the first time since being rained out in Colorado on May 22.

NOTES: RHP Christian Bergman (0-1) will make his second start in the majors for Colorado on Saturday. The rookie allowed just two earned runs in his pro debut on June 9. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-3) pitches for San Francisco.

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