By Ryan Leong
The Sports Xchange
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning the finale 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The Giants are now tied with L.A. for first place in the National League West.
Tim Lincecum, who has struggled this season, won his first game since April 28. Lincecum pitched seven innings, scattering four hits, allowed just two walks and struck out eight. With the victory, Lincecum ended a six-game losing streak (over 10 starts), the longest of his career.
Angel Pagan drove in two runs while Melky Cabrera added an RBI double for the Giants' fifth win in six games.
In Lincecum's seventh and final inning of work, the Dodgers had runners on first and second but he was able to get Tony Gwynn Jr., to fly out to center and struck out Juan Uribe.
Javier Lopez retired two batters he faced in the eighth and Sergio Romo pitched a perfect 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save.
It was the first time in the West Coast era of the rivalry since 1958 that the Dodgers were shut out by the Giants in three straight games. Chad Billingsley lost his third straight start, allowing three runs over six innings. The Dodgers lost eight of nine games on the road trip.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Lincecum led off with a single. Ryan Theriot's basehit to center advanced Lincecum to third. Melky Cabrera hit a line drive double to left center just off the glove of Bobby Abreu, who made a diving attempt but came up empty. Billingsley then issued back-to-back walks, the second one with the bases loaded scoring Theriot.
The Dodgers squandered many opportunities. With two on and one out in the first inning, Juan Rivera grounded into a double play. In the third, Billingsley doubled to deep right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lincecum uncorked another wild one as his pitch bounced off the dirt and to the backstop, but catcher Hector Sanchez got the ball and relayed a throw to Lincecum, who tagged Billingsley as he slid into home plate.
NOTES: Andre Ethier left the game after the top of the first inning. He injured his left oblique sliding into second base as Juan Rivera grounded into a double play. ... It was the first time the Dodgers have been shut out in three straight games since August 5-8, 2007. The Dodgers haven't scored a run in their last 30 innings since the 6th inning at Anaheim on Sunday June 24. ... Counting the interleague games in Oakland, the Dodgers were 0-6 in the Bay Area. ... The Giants have two home sweeps after sweeping the Dodgers in this three-game set. They won four in a row over the Cubs from June 1-4. ... Lincecum has four quality starts in 16 outings this season. ... The Giants are 24-14 (.632) at home. Only the Dodgers (24-12, .667 ) and the Pirates (23-13, .639) have better home winning percentages.