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Recap: Giants 9, Padres 0
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: PETCO Park
Date: July 13, 2013 10:10 PM EDT
  

SAN DIEGO (AP) - As if the San Diego Padres needed another reminder of how poorly they've been playing, Tim Lincecum gave them a big one.

Lincecum pitched his first career no-hitter and the second in the majors in 11 days, a gem saved by a spectacular diving catch by right fielder Hunter Pence in the San Francisco Giants' 9-0 win over the last-place Padres on Saturday night.

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The two-time Cy Young Award winner in a season-long funk who was the loser when Cincinnati's Homer Bailey no-hit the Giants on July 2, threw a whopping 148 pitches.

``He's evolved,' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``He knows how to pitch. He keeps his poise. He has us off-balance all night.'

Lincecum (5-9) was in control from the start Saturday, striking out 13. He walked four and hit a batter.

Still, he needed some help to preserve his no-no. Pence caught Alexi Amarista's sinking liner with a full dive to end the eighth. Lincecum pumped his fist as Pence jumped up with the ball in his glove. Amarista put his hands to his helmet and pulled it off in disgust.

``I thought for sure it was a hit,' Lincecum said. ``You see Hunter flying out of nowhere making the flying grab. That was really impressive a big play for us.'

Pablo Sandoval did his part, too, when he made a nice backhanded play on pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman's grounder deep behind third base and threw him out for the third out of the seventh.

Lincecum had been struggling coming in, losing his previous four decisions and hadn't won since June 4 against Toronto. He hadn't won on the road since April 3 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then again, he'd gotten only 12 runs of support in his last 10 starts.

The Padres remain the only team without a no-hitter.

The pro-Giants crowd gave Lincecum a standing ovation as he headed to the mound for the ninth.

Lincecum, who pitched like The Freak of old, struck out Chase Headley and then retired Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso on fly balls to left.

Catcher Buster Posey wrapped Lincecum in a bear hug and lifted the slight right-hander off the ground. Lincecum was then mobbed by his teammates and doused with water.

Left fielder Gregor Blanco, who caught Alonso's fly ball to end the game, found Lincecum in the mob and handed him the ball - pitch 148, the second most pitches thrown in a no-hitter since 1988, according to STATS.

The Padres lost for the 18th time in 21 games and dropped a season-high 13 games under .500.

``We haven't been swinging the bats like we're capable,' Black said. ``We're not pitching. There's a lot of things we're not doing well. The last 2 1/2 weeks have been unacceptable. We just haven't gotten it done.'

Edwin Jackson needed 149 pitches for his no-no for Arizona in 2010.

Lincecum tossed the 15th no-hitter in franchise history and seventh since the Giants moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season. Matt Cain was perfect last June.

While Lincecum dominated the Padres, the Giants jumped all over San Diego's Edinson Volquez (6-8).

Posey and Sandoval had three hits apiece. Pence hit a three-run double and finished with four RBIs against Volquez, and then homered off Joe Thatcher leading off the eighth.

Brandon Belt hit a two-run home run an estimated 414 feet into the sandy play area beyond the fence in right-center in the fourth inning.

Volquez allowed eight runs and nine hits in five innings, struck out six and walked one. He threw 107 pitches.

NOTES: The four-game series concludes Sunday with a matchup of lefties. Barry Zito, who went to high school in San Diego, is scheduled to start for San Francisco and Eric Stults is scheduled to start for the Padres.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Giants at Padres
Thu, Jul 11 Final 4 to 2
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GAME 2
Giants at Padres
Fri, Jul 12 Final 10 to 1
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GAME 3
Giants at Padres
Sat, Jul 13 Final 9 to 0
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GAME 4
Giants at Padres
Sun, Jul 14 Final 1 to 10
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SFO  -115   -240   7.5 
 SDG  +105   +200   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SFO  -123   -230   7.5 
 SDG  +113   +190   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 SFO  80%   32%   61% 
 SDG  20%   68%   39% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 10 Cover: +100 
 SDG 1 Over: 11 
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 Jul 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 4 Cover: +100 
 SDG 2 Under: 6 
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 Jun 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 2 Under: 6 
 SFO 4 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 4 Over: 9 
 SFO 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 5 Cover: +100 
 SFO 3 Over: 8 
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 Apr 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 4 Over: 10 
 SDG 6 Cover: +120 
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 Apr 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 7 Over: 15 
 SDG 8 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SFO 1 Under: 3 
 SDG 2 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 0 Under: 5 
 SFO 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SDG 0 Under: 2 
 SFO 2 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Jul 13
 
    Twins at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Phillies
3:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Orioles
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Braves
4:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Tigers
7:15 PM EDT
    Nationals at Marlins
7:15 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
7:15 PM EDT
    Mets at Pirates
7:15 PM EDT
    Rockies at Dodgers
7:15 PM EDT
    White Sox at Phillies
8:15 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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