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Lincecum helps Giants to narrow gap with Rockies



Tim Lincecum pitched seven strong innings in his return from an injured back and Eugenio Velez drove in four runs as the San Francisco Giants gained ground on the National League wild card-leading Colorado Rockies with a 9-1 victory on Monday.

Bengie Molina homered and scored three runs and Aaron Rowand drove in two runs for the Giants, who moved within 3.5 games of the Rockies in the wild-card race.

Lincecum, who missed his last start with back spasms, threw 116 pitches and had only one clean inning. He stranded nine runners.

Lincecum (14-5) gave up a run and six hits. He walked four and struck out 11 for a league-best 244.


At Los Angeles, Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking homer and Manny Ramirez had an early RBI double as Los Angeles opened its penultimate regular-season homestand with a victory over Pittsburgh.

Orlando Hudson had three hits and drove in two late runs as the NL-leading Dodgers (86-59) got hits from all eight starting position players to move back to a season-high 27 games over .500 with their fifth victory in seven games.

Jon Garland (10-11) persevered through six rocky innings to remain unbeaten since joining Los Angeles last month.

The Dodgers secured Garland’s second win with the club by tagging rookie Daniel McCutchen (0-2) for seven hits and four runs in the right-hander’s third career start.


At Chicago, Ryan Dempster pitched eight shutout innings and Derrek Lee homered for the seventh time in 10 games to carry Chicago over Milwaukee.

Center fielder Sam Fuld and third baseman Aramis Ramirez made outstanding plays to keep Milwaukee off the board and help the Cubs win for the sixth time in seven games.

Dempster (10-8) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four to join John Smoltz as the only pitchers to follow three 20-save seasons with two 10-win seasons as a starter.

Also on Monday, it was:

• Reds 3, Astros 1

• Cardinals 11, Marlins 6

• Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2, 10 innings



The Tampa Bay Rays ended their 11-game losing streak on Monday, using a 15-hit attack and effective pitching by David Price to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 in the American League.

The Rays avoided becoming the first World Series team in history to lose 12 in a row the following year. Rookie Reid Brignac had a career-high four hits — his first big league homer, two doubles and a single — and B.J. Upton also connected for Tampa Bay.

Held to eight runs in their previous seven games, the Rays equaled that amount by the fifth inning. Tampa Bay, which batted .183 during its 11-game skid, hadn’t had as many as 15 hits in a game since Aug. 24 against Toronto.


At New York, Mark Teixeira hit a two-run triple on a play that caused Angels center fielder Torii Hunter to lose a shoe, then doubled to start the go-ahead rally in the eighth inning that led New York over Los Angeles in a possible playoff preview.

Mariano Rivera finished to reach 40 saves for the first time in four years and the seventh time in his career.

In Monday’s other games, it was:

• Tigers 6, Blue Jays 5, 10 innings

• Athletics 9, Rangers 0

• Twins 6, Indians 3

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