Lincecum extends to five in a row against Rockies

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum extended his road winning streak to a career best five in a row against the Rockies, pitching six innings for a 8-3 win Wednesday night. Enlarge photo

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Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum extended his road winning streak to a career best five in a row against the Rockies, pitching six innings for a 8-3 win Wednesday night.

DENVER – Tim Lincecum effectively pitched for six innings to extend his road winning streak to a career-best five in a row, Brandon Crawford doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Wednesday night to continue their strong play away from home.

Marco Scutaro added three hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles, to help the NL West-leading Giants take two of three from the Rockies and improve to 21-7 on the road since the All-Star break, best in the NL. They are unbeaten in their last nine series on the road (8-0-1).

Lincecum (9-14), who allowed three runs on six hits, prominently has figured in that run of success, going 5-0 with a 2.61 ERA in his last five road starts. The two-time NL Cy Young award winner had struggled on the road earlier, going 1-6 with a 9.00 ERA through his first 10 starts away from home.

He finished with eight strikeouts and four walks.

Jeff Francis (5-5) couldn't recover from a tough first inning and took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in three innings. He struck out five and walked none.

Down 6-2 in the sixth after Crawford doubled for the second time and scored on Scutaro's second single, the Rockies added a run in their half of the sixth on Charlie Blackmon's pinch-hit RBI double.

But the Giants added a pair of runs in the ninth on a run-scoring triple by Hunter Pence and Joaquin Arias' sacrifice fly.

The Giants had grabbed a 5-0 lead by batting around in the first inning. Gregor Blanco tripled off Francis to start the game and scored when Scutaro followed with a single. Buster Posey and Arias each singled around Pence's fielder's choice to account for another run and Hector Sanchez hit an RBI single ahead of Crawford's two-out, two-run double that rolled to the right field wall.

Colorado pulled to 5-2 behind Wilin Rosario's RBI single in the first and his solo homer in the third. Rosario drove Lincecum's 83 mph changeup deep into the left field bleachers for his team-leading 24th homer, one shy of the Rockies' rookie record set by Todd Helton (25) in 1998.

Adam Ottavino and the Rockies pitching staff struggled Wednesday, giving up eight runs, including three hits to Marco Scutaro. Enlarge photo

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Adam Ottavino and the Rockies pitching staff struggled Wednesday, giving up eight runs, including three hits to Marco Scutaro.