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Lincecum stays hot as Giants blank Cards

Coverage of today's Cards and Giants game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 8:40pm.

San  Francisco,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) -  Tim Lincecum followed his no-hitter 
with  another gem as the San Francisco Giants blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 
5-0, in the opener of a three-game set. 

Lincecum  joined Christy  Mathewson  last  Wednesday as  the  only two  Giants 
pitchers  to  throw two  no-hitters, holding  the Padres  hitless for a second 

On  Tuesday, Lincecum (7-5) struck out six, scattered four hits and walked two 
over eight innings for the Giants, who snapped a four-game losing streak. 

Pablo Sandoval smacked his 100th career homer, a two-run shot, in the triumph. 

Marco Gonzales (0-1) surrendered five runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 
1/3 frames for St. Louis, which has dropped five of its last seven games. 

After  Lincecum worked  out of  a bases-loaded,  no-out jam  unscathed in  the 
fourth  inning, the Giants  plated three runs in the home half and two more in 
the fifth to move in front. 

Hunter  Pence singled  and scored on Buster Posey's double to start the fourth 
before Sandoval launched his two-run shot just over the wall in left. 

Juan  Perez  led off the fifth  with a single  and scored when Pence whacked a 
double into left-center. Pence scampered to third on a Posey fly out and back- 
to-back walks by Sandoval and Michael Morse loaded the bases. Hector Sanchez's 
groundout brought home Pence to make it 5-0. 

The Cardinals tallied just one hit against Lincecum after the fourth. With the 
bases loaded in the fourth, Lincecum struck out Allen Craig and Jon Jay before 
inducing  an inning-ending  groundout off the bat of Daniel Descalso to escape 
the threat. 

                                   Game Notes 

Lincecum  has  a 17-inning scoreless  streak ...  The Giants were 1-for-9 with 
runners  in  scoring  position,  while  the Cardinals  finished  1-for-6  ... 
Sandoval's blast was his 10th of the year. 

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