Hahn outdueled by Lincecum, Giants top Padres 5-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres rookie Jesse Hahn pitched another quality game. On a day when two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum continued his recent roll, it wasn't enough.

Eleven days after no-hitting the Padres, Lincecum carried a shutout into the seventh inning Sunday to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over San Diego.

Lincecum (8-5) extended his scoreless streak to 23 1-3 innings before Brooks Conrad hit a solo homer in the seventh to knock him out of the game.

Hahn (4-2) faced some early troubles in falling behind 3-0 after three innings, but he toughened and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point.

The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, equaling his career high in six big league starts. He struck out five and walked two.

"In the early innings, they were sitting on my curveball, so I had to make some adjustments," Hahn said.

After Hahn allowed Michael Morse's RBI single to give the Giants a 3-0 lead, he set down 11 straight batters until a one-out walk to Brandon Crawford in the seventh.

"The second half of his outing was outstanding," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I was really impressed with how Jesse hung in there."

Hahn was riding a four-start winning streak in which the 24-year-old allowed just two earned runs in 24 innings (0.75 ERA) with 31 strikeouts and eight walks.

"I know the film is out there on me now," he said. "They can see I have a good curveball. Some of the swings they took on me, you could tell they were sitting on it. I need to use the changeup and slider more to keep them off that curveball."

Lincecum's streak started with his second career no-hitter against San Diego on June 25. He followed that with eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over St. Louis on Tuesday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed one run on three hits against the Padres this time, walking four and striking out six. Lincecum has won all three starts this season against San Diego and improved his mark against the Padres to 16-6 in 29 career starts.

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