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Tim Lincecum, Giants shut down Diamondbacks 1-0

  • San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro throws out Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — After missing more than half the season, Angel Pagan gave the San Francisco Giants a much-needed spark Friday night.

Pagan opened the game with a double, went to third on a bunt and raced home when Brandon Belt hit a sacrifice fly in a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It was Pagan's first game back from the disabled list after a left hamstring injury sidelined him for 82 games.

"All that work we put in, all these weeks, it paid off," Pagan said. "I've been waiting for this moment for so long. I'm so happy to be back with the guys and help them any way I can."

Tim Lincecum pitched six spotless innings and third baseman Pablo Sandoval saved San Francisco with a diving play behind the bag. Three relievers closed it out for the Giants, who handed Randall Delgado a hard-luck loss and won for the 10th time in their last 12 games at Chase Field.

Pagan's injury came after he galloped around the bases for a game-ending, inside-the-park homer in May. He was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list before Friday's game.

"Good to have him back," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was a lift for the club. Although we got shut down with the bats, we did something we haven't done a lot of and that's get an early run."

Arizona loaded the bases against Lincecum in the sixth, and A.J. Pollock hit a sharp grounder past third. Sandoval had it played just right, though. He backhanded the ball as he hit the ground, got to his feet and threw to first for the third out.

"That was a huge play. I got the contact I wanted out of that," Lincecum said. "It was just a well-placed ball and Pablo managed to be there and made a great, great play."

Lincecum (8-13) allowed six hits and two walks while striking out two.


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