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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 30 - Giants at Mets

San Francisco Giants (14-15) at New York Mets (12-17), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (2-3, 2.90) New York - Chris Capuano (2-2, 6.04)

It has been over two years since Giants ace Tim Lincecum has had a losing record. San Francisco hopes that the former National League Cy Young Award winner can respond in similar fashion to the last occurrence.

Lincecum looks to snap a two-start slide this evening in the middle portion of a three-game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Consecutive losses have dropped Lincecum to 2-3 on the season despite a solid 2.90 earned run average. However, he has allowed eight runs over his mini- slide, yielding five on six hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings versus Atlanta on April 23. The right-hander then yielded three runs over seven innings at Washington on Friday, but got no support in a 3-0 loss.

"I threw too many strikes with two-strike counts," Lincecum told San Francisco's official website. "I gave them too many good pitches to hit when I got ahead."

Lincecum, who will pass Christy Mathewson (28) for the most double-digit strikeout games in team history the next time he fans at least 10 in a game, hasn't had a losing record since he was 0-1 on April 12, 2009. After a no- decision next time out, the 26-year-old ripped off six straight winning decisions on the way to capturing the second of back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards.

He'll look to start a similar streak tonight against the Mets, who he is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA in five starts against.

Lincecum will also be trying to pitch the Giants back to the .500 mark as Tuesday's 7-6 victory, secured on Aubrey Huff's 10th-inning solo homer, improved them to 4-4 on a 10-game road trip and 14-15 on the season. San Francisco had lost eight of 11 coming in.

"Hopefully scoring that many runs today gets us going offensively," said Huff.

Brian Wilson picked up his ninth save of the season and Mike Fontenot drove in two runs for the Giants.

Taylor Buchholz served up Huff's homer to take the loss, while Jose Reyes reached base six times for the Mets by way of two singles, a double and three walks. Carlos Beltran connected on a three-run homer and Ike Davis added a two-run shot, but the Mets still lost for the fourth time in five games.

"This isn't the way you want to lose the game," said Buchholz.

New York was without Jason Bay after placing the outfielder on the league's new paternity leave list so that he could be with his wife for the birth of their third child. Bay is also expected to miss tonight's game.

The Mets hope that Chris Capuano can bounce back from a loss last time out. The left-hander gave up four runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 loss on Thursday in Washington, falling to 2-2 with a 6.04 ERA in six games (four starts) this season.

The 32-year-old Capuano is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in eight career games versus the Giants, including four starts.

The Giants won four of seven over the Mets a season ago, but are just 4-7 in Flushing since the start of 2008.

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