Lincecum's winless streak grew to eight starts in San Francisco's 5-0 loss, a baffling stretch for the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum avoided the one bad inning that has buried so many of his starts this season. Instead, the lanky right-hander spread out his mistakes all over the place.
The calendar is well into June and the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and his funky delivery are still out of whack.
Lincecum extended his winless streak to eight starts in San Francisco’s 5-0 loss to Texas on Sunday, a baffling stretch for a pitcher considered among baseball’s best.
Lincecum said he was trying “to right what I’ve been doing wrong the last 10 starts. I didn’t do that. Executing my pitches is the biggest problem.
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“I’m not trying to make drastic changes. I’m trying to grind it out and find a way out of this hole.”
Lincecum (2-7) was chased with two outs in the sixth inning. He allowed nine hits, struck out five and walked four.
“It was a game similar to previous games,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He was a batter away from a quality start. He was very good at times, and then he had his hiccups. I keep saying he’s close and I still believe that.”
• Cleveland’s Michael Brantley, the son of former Mariner Mickey Brantley, extended his hitting streak to 18 games. That’s two shy of the season’s longest streak, by Baltimore’s Adam Jones. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt stretched his streak to a career-best 17 games.
• Alex Rodriguez’s RBI single for the Yankees moved him past Eddie Murray for seventh place on baseball’s career RBI list with 1,918.
• Brian Runge, the plate umpire for Friday’s no-hitter by the Mariners against the Dodgers, was also behind the plate when Philip Humber of the White Sox threw a perfect game against the Mariners on April 21. Runge is the first since Drew Coble in 1990 to be the plate umpire for two no-hitters in one season.