SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tim Lincecum pitched a six-hitter for his fourth career shutout and Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double to help the San Francisco Giants open the second half of the season with a 2-0 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night.
Lincecum (10-4) is coming off his third straight trip to the All-Star game, but was able to start the first game after the break because he was not used in Tuesday night’s game in Anaheim.
The Mets were hoping for a big offensive boost this game with the return of five-time All-Star Carlos Beltran to the lineup. He batted cleanup and played center field, but was caught stealing after his only hit.
Lincecum struck out five and walked one in the 110-pitch outing for San Francisco, which has won eight of 10.