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July 14. 2013 1:24AM

Tim Lincecum throws his first no-hitter as Giants blank the Padres


San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum reacts after throwing a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Giants won 9-0. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

SAN DIEGO -- Tim Lincecum has two Cy Young Awards and two World Series titles, but he has never been better than he was Saturday night.

Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter at Petco Park, striking out 13 San Diego Padres in a 9-0 victory.

The no-hitter was the third in the last five seasons for the Giants, who were no-hit by Cincinnati's Homer Bailey earlier this month.

Lincecum threw 148 pitches, 10 more than his previous career-high.

The no-hitter was the 15th in franchise history. Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter against the Padres on July 10, 2009 and Matt Cain pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros last June 13.

Lincecum has struggled for a year and a half, but he joined the no-hitter club on Saturday night. Lincecum had been showing flashes of his old self in his last seven starts and struck out 11 against the New York Mets on Monday.

He started to dominate in the second inning Saturday, striking out Will Venable and Rene Rivera on six pitches. That started a streak of six straight strikeouts on just 21 pitches.

Lincecum retired 12 straight before Everth Cabrera drew a one-out walk in the sixth. Lincecum entered the inning with 98 pitches, and when he walked Chase Headley with two outs, manager Bruce Bochy got his bullpen going. That didn't last long, as Lincecum got a lineout to short to get out of the jam.

He struck out Yonder Alonso to open the seventh and then got Jedd Gyorko to fly out to leftfield. With two outs, Venable hit a screamer down the third-base line that Pablo Sandoval corralled before making a strong throw to first.

Lincecum headed back to the bench at 114 pitches, 24 short of his career-high.

Lincecum had twice before taken a no-hitter into the seventh but had never gotten through the inning.

Lincecum is known for his rubber arm, but Bochy was taking no chances.

The bullpen got going again when Lincecum took the mound in the eighth, but he got his pitch count under control with a three-pitch strikeout of Rene Rivera and a two-pitch groundout by Chris Denorfia. Lincecum walked Cabrera and then went to a 2-2 count on Alexi Amarista. The center fielder lined Lincecum's 131st pitch of the night into right field, but Hunter Pence channeled his inner Gregor Blanco and saved the no-hitter with a diving catch.

As he walked backward toward the dugout, Lincecum held up a fist and gave Pence an appreciative look.

Lincecum struck out Headley to open the ninth and Carlos Quentin hit his 142nd pitch to Blanco in deep left.

Alonso hit the final pitch of the night to left, setting off a raucous celebration on the mound.


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