SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Lincecum stood at his locker, sweat dripping from his sideburns beneath a gray beanie cap, trying to find the right words after possibly pitching his final game for the only team he knows.
Or, maybe not.
He would like to stay, just as he would like to keep his options open to the idea of free agency.
Reflection made Lincecum uneasy after the San Francisco Giants beat the rival Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Thursday night, when fans roared at every chance and waved signs to honor him.
After the game, he tipped his cap in a rare gesture for the right-hander. It's not his style.
"That's the first or second time I've ever done that," he said. "I just went with what most people do, and it worked."
Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning to give San Francisco a win.
He has won two World Series championships and a pair of NL Cy Young awards while pitching all seven of his big league seasons in the Bay Area.
Catcher Buster Posey couldn't think of it being Lincecum's last, and neither could manager Bruce Bochy.
"I've just been one of the most fortunate pitchers in this organization just to be a part of so many things," Lincecum said.
"To have the guys around me, Barry Bonds, Randy Johnson, big names, Buster Posey coming up, Pablo Sandoval. The names just don't end. To be here to witness all the things they've done, and be there for also the team things, it's been pretty special for me."
Meanwhile, former Giants closer Brian Wilson, now a Dodgers reliever, could be seen yelling at CEO Larry Baer near his box seat after the game.
San Francisco spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said the club tried many times to give Wilson his ring but he didn't respond, and he voiced his "displeasure" to Baer.
So, Baer delivered the ring to Dodgers personnel outside the Los Angeles clubhouse.
Pagan's fifth home run in an injury-shortened season was surrendered by losing pitcher Paco Rodriguez (3-3) and plunked off the top of an ambulance parked just beyond the fence in left field.
Lincecum struck out Yasiel Puig three times among his six Ks, but missed a win against the NL West champion Dodgers.
Santiago Casilla (7-2) earned the victory with a 1-2-3 eighth, while Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 38th save.
Lincecum is wrapping up a $40.5 million, two-year contract that paid him $22 million this season. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in seven impressive innings.
The NL Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and '09 and four-time All-Star was drafted 10th overall by the Giants in 2006.
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