Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) at San Francisco Giants (64-57), 4:05 p.m. (ET)
08/17/2014 7:33 AM
08/17/2014 7:39 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Lincecum eyes his first win in more than a month on Sunday when the San Francisco Giants complete a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park.
Lincecum hasn't pitched since getting battered in a loss to Kansas City last Sunday. He was tagged for six runs and seven hits in just 3 1/3 innings of that one and fell to 9-8 on the year to go along with a 4.51 ERA.
It was the second time in his last three starts, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner wasn't able to get more than an out in the fourth inning. On July 22, his ERA settled at a season-low 3.56. However, in four starts since then, it's ballooned to 4.51.
"I didn't execute a lot of pitches I needed to in big spots," said Lincecum. "They feasted on me in the first inning."
Lincecum, who had a save against the Phillies back on July 22, is 5-3 lifetime against them with a 3.27 ERA in 13 games (12 starts).
Philadelphia, meanwhile, will counter with David Buchanan, who is 6-6 with a 4.40 ERA. Buchanan had a two-start winning streak stopped on Monday with a loss to the New York Mets, as he allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.
After posting 2-3 record and a 5.97 ERA in first his five starts, Buchanan is 4-3 with a 3.35 mark in his seven starts since.
After losing Friday's opener, San Francisco bounced back on Saturday, as Gregor Blanco hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning in the Giants' 6-5 win.
The Phillies won the opener of the three-game series 5-3 in 10 innings Friday and had a 5-1 lead in this one before an infield pop-up dropped between Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, leading to a four-run Giants rally in the sixth.
In the eighth, Joe Panik hit a leadoff triple off Antonio Bastardo (5-7) and scored the go-ahead run when Blanco slapped a single off Jake Diekman and past shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Jeremy Affeldt (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Sergio Romo got the last two outs, working around Domonic Brown's single to record his 23rd save of the season.
Hunter Pence hit a solo homer and Michael Morse was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Giants, who earned just their second win in eight games.
Howard had three hits and three RBI and Ben Revere got his fifth four-hit game of the season for the Phillies, who have dropped four of five.
The Giants won three of four games in Philly earlier this season.
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