SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum won for the first time in nearly two months to end the worst drought of his career and the San Francisco Giants held the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless for the third straight game in a 3-0 victory Wednesday.
Angel Pagan hit an RBI single and drew a bases-loaded walk to back Lincecum (3-8) as the Giants moved into a first-place tie in the NL West with the Dodgers by completing their second sweep of the season.
It was the first time in franchise history that they shut out the rival Dodgers in a three-game series, a stretch that spans 123 seasons.
Lincecum threw four-hit ball over seven innings for his first win since April 28. He struck out eight and walked two while outpitching Chad Billingsley (4-7). The two-time Cy Young Award winner ended a career-long 10-start winless stretch in which he went a career-worst 0-6.
He was 0-4 in his previous six starts against Los Angeles since his last victory on July 30, 2010.
Already missing injured All-Star Matt Kemp, the Dodgers lost Andre Ethier after one at-bat to a left oblique injury that could land him on the disabled list.
BREWERS 8, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) - Rickie Weeks and Cody Ransom each hit a two-run homer off Homer Bailey, and Milwaukee avoided a three-game sweep by beating Cincinnati.
Zack Greinke (9-2) remained unbeaten against the Reds, allowing two runs in six innings. Greinke is 4-0 in six career starts against Cincinnati.
Bailey (5-6) has had nothing but trouble against Milwaukee, falling to 0-5 in 10 games with a 6.50 ERA. He left trailing 5-2 after failing to get an out in the fifth inning.
The defending NL Central champions left town 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Reds. Ryan Braun was out of the Brewers' lineup with a tender left elbow.
METS 17, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Daniel Murphy homered twice, Scott Hairston hit a grand slam and David Wright drove in five runs as New York routed Chicago.
Ike Davis had a three-run homer and an RBI double as he combined with Murphy, Hairston and Wright to drive in all 17 runs - with each having at least four RBIs - to help the Mets snap a four-game losing streak.
The Mets had their highest-scoring game since they put up 18 runs at Wrigley Field on Sept. 5, 2010. It was also the most runs the Cubs have allowed since that game.
Murphy hadn't homered since last July 16 but went deep in consecutive innings for his first multihomer game. Davis' four RBIs matched his career high and Hairston had his second career slam.
The onslaught made for an easy afternoon for Jonathon Niese (6-3), who went seven innings and improved to 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA in day games.
The Mets' first seven hits went for extra bases, six of them off starter Jeff Samardzija (5-7). Samardzija also walked four and gave up a career-high nine runs in 4 1-3 innings. He dropped to 0-4 with an 11.29 over his last four starts.