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Lincecum, Giants lose to Marlins 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm •  Published: July 20, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — A 59-foot curveball in the seventh inning ended Tim Lincecum's winning streak Sunday. A fat splitter early in the game gnawed at him more.

Lincecum gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to Casey McGehee, which helped the Miami Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2.

"My split ball didn't split," Lincecum said. "It just kind of hung. It stinks because it was an 0-2 pitch. That's the hardest part about today, knowing that I should have been in the driver's seat on that pitch, and I gave him a cookie."

Lincecum's other mistake was a curve that bounced for a wild pitch to score a runner from third, putting the Marlins ahead to stay as they snapped a six-game losing streak and averted a three-game series sweep.

Lincecum (9-6) allowed three runs in seven innings, ending his streak of wins in four consecutive starts.

"It's a very tough way to lose a ballgame," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Timmy threw great."

Brad Hand (1-2) earned his first victory as a starter since 2011, pitching seven innings to match a career high and allowing two runs. The left-hander had been 1-12 previously as a starter.

With the score 2-all, Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to start Miami's seventh, took third on a sacrifice and came home when Lincecum misfired a curve to Reid Johnson, and the ball caromed away from catcher Hector Sanchez.

"I was just trying to get him to chase and be aggressive in that situation," Lincecum said. "I didn't do that, and the ball squirted away."

McGehee came in leading the NL with 118 hits, but the two-run homer in the first inning was only his second this year.

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