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SAN FRANCISCO -- On a day the San Francisco Giants acquired Hunter Pence to bolster the middle of their lineup, they got a look at what a familiar face could do for their rotation.

Tim Lincecum. Remember him?

Lincecum gave up one run in seven innings as the Giants snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Lincecum spent the entire first half in a mysterious slump, but he has a 2.70 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.

He was sharp for much of the night Tuesday. Lincecum started to wobble in the seventh, but he escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out pinch hitter David Wright looking at a curveball. It was the last, and perhaps the best, of Lincecum's 112 pitches.

The Giants, who are expected to get Pence into uniform for Wednesday's game, still didn't do much offensively against Mets rookie Matt Harvey. In six innings against Harvey, the Giants had only four hits, and they struck out seven times. They scored three runs, but one came on a double play and the other two because of an error.

They added an insurance run on Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the eighth.

The San Francisco bullpen, which blew a two-run eighth-inning lead a night earlier, made this one stand. Jeremy Affeldt pitched two innings for his second save.

Harvey, a former first-round pick, had 11 strikeouts in his electric major league debut his previous time out. Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, has been unable to find himself all season until recently.

The Mets scored an early run against Lincecum on Justin Turner's two-out RBI double in the second.

The Giants came back with two runs against Harvey in the bottom of the inning, but the rally came courtesy of a gift from shortstop Ruben Tejada. With the bases loaded and one out, Tejada was the pivot man for an easy inning-ending double play, but he threw the ball away. Two runs scored.

NOTES: Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff is expected to be placed on the disabled list after hurting his knee Monday night, but he remained active for Tuesday's game because the club was unsure if Pence would arrive in time. ... Angel Pagan was not in San Francisco's lineup after hurting his hand when he slammed his bat into something in anger Monday night. Manager Bruce Bochy was not happy. "You've got to keep your poise a little better," Bochy said. ... Jason Bay was out of the Mets' lineup because he fouled a ball off his calf Monday. ... X-rays on Andres Torres' right hand were negative, but the outfielder also underwent an MRI, results of which were being evaluated in New York. Torres was hurt Monday night in a collision at first base. ... Scott Hairston, the Mets' hero Monday with two homers, had two of the team's six hits Tuesday. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game and his fourth in five games.
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