SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey realizes it's just one game. Still, it feels good there may be a few more ahead. It was something the Giants and the up-and-down Tim Lincecum needed.
Posey had three hits, Pablo Sandoval drove in two runs and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday night.
"I'll take it," Posey said. "Hopefully we can build on this moving forward. We got hits. We got hits with guys in scoring position and we had second and third right out of the chute. Those guys set the table."
Lincecum pitched into the sixth inning after two rocky starts for his first win in more than two weeks. The former two-time NL Cy Young winner walked four but struck out eight and pitched out of trouble in back-to-back innings before giving way to the bullpen.
"The early runs give you a lift and you don't have to worry about making a mistake," Lincecum said. "They give some leeway but it was still a little frustrating not being able to go deeper. I has trouble locating the fastball but stayed aggressive in the strike zone."
The Giants did most of the damage in the first inning when they batted around and scored four times off Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (14-6).
Four of the first five batters scored and even Sandoval had a productive out. Posey, Brett Pill and Gregor Blanco each had an RBI single to help give the Giants a 4-0 lead.