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  • Lincecum, Giants blank Cards

  • SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum has talked the past few years about rediscovering the consistency that won him two NL Cy Young Awards and made him one of baseball's best pitchers.
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  • SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum has talked the past few years about rediscovering the consistency that won him two NL Cy Young Awards and made him one of baseball's best pitchers.
    Lincecum's last two outings have brought him awfully close to finding that form again.
    The rejuvenated right-hander followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Tuesday night.
    "We try to go out there and duplicate when things are feeling good," Lincecum said. "We tried to do that today. All my pitches were working when I threw them. They weren't super nasty — they were just located a little better than usual."
    Maybe more than a little.
    Lincecum (7-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth and stayed out of trouble the rest of the way, helping San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak since his latest gem against San Diego.
    Lincecum left after throwing 113 pitches, including 73 for strikes — the exact same line as his no-hitter against the Padres last week — before Jean Machi pitched a drama-free ninth inning.
    "I think the two (starts), if you look at them, it's hard to find a big difference," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a guy that had command of all his pitches."
    Pablo Sandoval hit his 100th career homer to cap a three-run fourth for the Giants, and he got a bottle of bubbly in the clubhouse afterward. San Francisco also scored twice in the fifth to chase Marco Gonzales (0-1) in the left-hander's second career start.
    The Cardinals faced a pitcher with a no-hitter this season for the third time in five games. After Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw led the Los Angeles Dodgers to victories over St. Louis, Allen Craig singled with one out in the second to put an early end to Lincecum's bid for another no-hitter.
    American League
    Mariners 13, Astros 2
    At Houston, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager had three RBIs apiece, James Jones added two and a seven-run sixth inning helped Seattle score a season high in runs.
    Cano drove in two to give Seattle the lead in the first and hit the first of the five doubles in the sixth ining that tied a franchise mark and pushed the lead to 10-1.
    Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4) went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits while striking out seven.
    Tigers 3, Athletics 0
    At Detroit, Rick Porcello pitched a four-hitter for his second straight shutout, leading the Detroit Tigers to a win.
    Porcello (11-4) only had one career complete game before blanking the Rangers on June 26, but is now the first Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris to throw back-to-back shutouts. Morris threw three in a row in July 1986.
    Porcello is 3-0 with 24 scoreless innings over his last three outings. He also became the first pitcher since Baltimore's Jeff Ballard on Aug. 21, 1989, to throw a shutout without a walk or strikeout. No Tigers pitcher had done it since Dizzy Trout in 1944.
    Brad Mills (1-1) took the loss for Oakland, allowing three runs and six hits with three walks in six-plus innings.
    Interleague
    Indians 10, Dodgers 3
    At Los Angeles, Cleveland turned an unorthodox triple play that required two replay reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits against Los Angeles.
    This was the Dodgers' seventh attempt at their first four-game winning streak of the season. Instead, they were knocked back into second place in the NL West one night after overtaking San Francisco.
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