SAN FRANCISCO -- In a rematch of the 2010 World Series, the Texas Rangers exacted some revenge, pummeling Tim Lincecum, who was the winning pitcher in the deciding game 5 of that World Series.
Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton each hit two-run doubles off Lincecum to take the rubber game of the series as the Rangers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on a warm Sunday afternoon.
Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross, Mike Adams, and Joe Nathan combined on a three-hit shutout. Until this series, the Giants had not been shut out but they were blanked twice in three games.
Lincecum hasn't exactly lived up to his nickname as "The Franchise." If anything, his struggles this season have hampered the Giants from taking the lead in the National League West.
Lincecum (2-7) does not like pitching in warm weather and was tagged for five runs on nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. He has lost his last five decisions and the Giants have gone only 2-11 in his 13 starts.
Leading 1-0 in the fourth inning, Mitch Moreland singled to left, and Craig Gentry reached on a sharp ground ball hit to third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Ogando intended to sacrifice but his bunt was perfectly placed past Lincecum and between Sandoval. Ogando ran harder to first base than was necessary and strained his right groin, forcing him to leave the game. Ogando had retired the first nine batters he had faced.
With the bases loaded, Ian Kinsler hit a two-run double to put the Rangers ahead 3-0. Lefty Robbie Ross was brought in to replace Ogando and quickly retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning.
Lincecum would not make it out of the sixth inning. The Rangers loaded the bases for the third time in the game, and Hamilton delivered the knockout blow with a two-run double to right, sending Lincecum to the showers.
NOTES: The Giants are 3-16 in Tim Lincecum's starts dating back to last season. Lincecum has also tied his career-high losing streak. The last time he lost five straight decisions was Aug. 5 to Aug. 27, 2010. ... Reliever George Kontos made his Giants debut in the eighth inning. Kontos pitched in seven games for the Yankees in 2011. ...The win by the Rangers avoided a fourth consecutive road series loss. Texas has not lost four straight road series since April and May of 2011. ... Alexi Ogando was making his first start of the season, the 7th starter used by the Rangers this season. Ogando had 27 relief appearances prior to this start. ... After winning this series, the Rangers are now 2-12 all-time at AT&T Park (including the 2010 World Series) since the ballpark opened in 2000.