The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner beat the Dodgers and ended a career-long, 10-start winless stretch in which he went 0-6.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Freak’s funk is over — for now anyway.
Tim Lincecum won for the first time in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 Wednesday.
Lincecum allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked two in seven innings. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner ended a career-long, 10-start winless stretch in which he went 0-6.
Back in the clubhouse once his day was done, the former Washington Huskies ace joked with his strength and conditioning coach.
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“I was like, ‘Winning,’ and he goes, ‘It’s a lot better than losing,’ ” said Lincecum (3-8). “That’s the easiest way to put it.”
The 167-pound Lincecum also threw his body in front of the plate and tagged out opposing pitcher Chad Billingsley, who was trying to score on a wild pitch.
“I’m not much to go through, but he was going to have to go through me to get to the plate,” he said.
• The Yankees lost two starting pitchers. A line drive by Cleveland’s Casey Kotchman struck Andy Pettitte on the left ankle and broke his fibula. He’ll be out about six weeks. CC Sabathia went on the 15-day DL with a strained groin. “No one’s going to feel sorry for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
• Bradford Weaver, a juror in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, said he and his fellow jurors didn’t find the key prosecution witness in the case credible. The witness, Clemens’ longtime strength coach Brian McNamee, testified that he injected the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone. But McNamee’s physical evidence was kept in a beer can and his story changed over time. Clemens was acquitted last week of charges that he lied to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids or HGH.
• Arizona RHP Daniel Hudson went on the DL with a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, an injury that could lead to season-ending surgery.
• Reds manager Dusty Baker said closer Aroldis Chapman won’t do any more somersaults after finishing a game. Chapman celebrated a save against Milwaukee with a pair of forward rolls Tuesday night. “It’s been addressed already and it’s over,” Baker said. “It won’t happen again — ever.”
• Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have entered a plea agreement with former outfielder Lenny Dykstra in a case where he’s accused of bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement. Dykstra is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. He also was sentenced this year to nine months in jail after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to women he met on Craigslist.