SAN FRANCISCO — For one night, anyway, the Giants put together one of those feel-good victories and eased just a little pain from their shipwreck 2013 season.
The Giants scored early and often against one of the National League's hottest pitchers, left-hander Francisco Liriano, and put a solid 6-3 whipping on the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates behind Tim Lincecum on Saturday night at AT&T Park.
These kinds of outcomes have become exceedingly rare this season, particularly with their former ace on the mound. The Giants had gone just 3-14 in Lincecum's previous 17 starts but had scored one run or less in 11 of those games.
They gave him plenty of support in this one, though, and Lincecum (7-13) responded with 5&#65279; 1/3 innings of respectable mound work, striking out eight before running into trouble in the sixth inning.
But the real key for the Giants was getting timely hitting and solid pitching on the same night at AT&T, where they'd lost 15 of their previous 20 not doing one or the other.