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Lincecum stays sharp, Giants blank D'backs

Arizona Diamondbacks´ Gerardo Parra, right, strikes out swinging against San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum as Giants catcher Hector Sanchez, left, makes the tag in the seventh inning of their baseball game on Friday, July 11, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra, right, strikes out swinging against San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum as Giants catcher Hector Sanchez, left, makes the tag in the seventh inning of their baseball game on Friday, July 11, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Arizona Diamondbacks´ Gerardo Parra, right, strikes out swinging against San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum as Giants catcher Hector Sanchez, left, makes the tag in the seventh inning of their baseball game on Friday, July 11, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Gallery: Lincecum stays sharp, Giants blank D'backs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Lincecum drove in a run with a safety squeeze, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Friday night.

Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs to break out of a slump that extended back to late June. The Giants third baseman, hitting just .222 over his previous 16 games, also had an RBI-double and an infield single.

Lincecum (9-5) allowed three hits over seven innings and fanned Gerado Parra to end a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, owner of a no-hitter this season, struck out six and walked two.

Even longtime nemesis Paul Goldschmidt struggled against Lincecum. The Arizona first baseman went hitless in three plate appearances against the right-hander.

MICHAEL WAGAMAN The Associated Press
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