Giants end six-game losing skid
DENVER – Tim Lincecum pitched six effective innings, Rich Aurilia had three hits, including a solo homer, and the San Francisco Giants snapped a season-high six-game skid with a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.Randy Winn extended his hitting streak to a major-league leading 15 games with a double in the first and Fred Lewis hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot in the eighth.Lincecum (6-1) gave up three runs and scattered five hits while striking out six. He also walked four. The 23-year-old entered the game with the NL’s best road ERA (0.39).The right-hander improved to 4-0 this season when pitching after a San Francisco loss.Keiichi Yabu pitched a perfect seventh and Tyler Walker survived a shaky eighth, including Garrett Atkins’ high drive to deep left that was hauled in by Lewis with his back against the wall.Brian Wilson had a rough ninth but still picked up his 13th save of the season, tying him for the NL lead with Jose Valverde.Wilson gave up a two-out single to Scott Podsednik, followed by a a two-run homer to Clint Barmes. Matt Holliday then doubled high off the right-field wall and Todd Helton was intentionally walked before Wilson struck out Atkins on a 96-mph fastball to end the game.Barmes extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his fifth homer of the season.Bengie Molina finished 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the first that was originally ruled a home run before he was placed back at second after the umpires discussed the call. Replays showed that Molina’s shot off the wall in left-center may have smacked off the hand of a fan above the yellow home run line, causing the ball to ricochet back onto the field.The Giants still scored as Aaron Rowand’s bloop single to left brought in Molina, staking the team to an early 2-0 lead. Rowand finished the night 2-for-5 with two RBIs.Omar Quintanilla had two singles and scored twice for the Rockies, who saw their three-game winning streak end.After winning six straight decisions, Aaron Cook (6-3) has suddenly fallen on hard times, dropping two in a row. He lasted seven innings, giving up 10 hits for a second straight game.Cook helped himself at the plate with an RBI single in the second.Rockies shortstop Tulowitzki took on-field batting practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a torn quadriceps muscle on April 29. He said he hasn’t experienced anymore pain from the injury, but doesn’t know when he’ll be back. The second-year shortstop may be out until the All-Star break as the Rockies take a cautious approach with his recovery.Notes: Omar Vizquel played his 2,580th contest at shortstop Tuesday, moving him three away from tying fellow Venezuelan Luis Aparicio for the all-time lead in games played a the position. … Vizquel drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the fourth. … San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy picked up managerial win No. 1,040, tying him with Steve O’Neill at No. 50 on the all-time list.
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