Lincecum wild, but Giants beat Twins 6-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 12:56 am •  Published: May 24, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If Tim Lincecum wants to win without an overpowering fastball, he knows he will have to find his way through games when he is nowhere near his best.

And he was nowhere near his best Friday night. And yet, he still won.

Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Hicks homered to back a wildly effective Lincecum, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2.

"He was bobbing and weaving out there the whole game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Lincecum (4-3) struck out four and walked six in six innings. He allowed five hits and also had two wild pitches, escaping trouble in nearly every inning.

Only 57 of Lincecum's 112 pitches were strikes.

"You've got to battle when you don't have your best stuff, your best command. And today was just that," Lincecum said. "It's kind of an ugly win, but I'll take it.

Joe Mauer and Chris Parmelee drove in Minnesota's only runs in the third.

Sandoval hit a three-run shot in the first, Hicks hit his eighth homer off Kyle Gibson (4-4) in the fourth and drove in another run on a flyout in the seventh.

Gibson gave up five runs and five hits in five innings, working quickly and in command for most of his 72-pitch outing. He struck out four and walked none.

"I really got beat on three pitches, which is the frustrating part," Gibson said.

San Francisco opened its six-game homestand with some pop at the plate and slick maneuvering on the mound.

Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an infield single after Angel Pagan doubled leading off the first. Pence was originally ruled out, Bochy challenged the call and umpires overturned it after a 33-second video review.

Pagan was thrown out at home on Buster Posey's grounder, but not before third baseman Trevor Plouffe's throw pulled Brian Dozier off second on what would've been an inning-ending double play. Then, Sandoval sent the first pitch he saw over the brick wall in right to put the Giants ahead 3-0. It was Sandoval's fifth home run this season.

"I just focused and tried to calm myself down a little bit more," Sandoval said.