SAN FRANCISCO--The Tim Lincecum stat that matters most to manager Bruce Bochy is the team's record with Lincecum on the mound.
For most of a cheery night at AT&T Park, the Giants looked headed for a 10th win behind Lincecum, but they melted down in the ninth inning of a 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Sergio Romo entered with a two-run lead and was charged with a career-high five earned runs.
Romo was looking for his 21st save, but the attempt went off the rails right away. Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau opened the inning with singles, and when Wilin Rosario hit a fly ball to center, Angel Pagan threw to third, allowing both runners to advance. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler tied the game with a sharp single up the middle.
A wild pitch again advanced the runners, and DJ LeMahieu drove a single to center to bring the go-ahead run across. Pagan bobbled the ball and then threw toward home, allowing LeMahieu to take second. Romo's night was done after just one out, but replacement George Kontos gave up a single to Michael McKenry, allowing another run to score. The backup catcher was thrown out in a rundown, but LeMahieu scored as shortstop Ehire Adrianza was chasing McKenry.
The blown save was just the third of the season for Romo. Two have come against the Rockies.
The Giants got off to a promising start behind Lincecum, who was making his final start before turning 30. The right-hander came out firing, hitting 93 mph on his second pitch and then doing it again later in a quick first inning. He froze Rosario in the second with a perfect two-strike 94 mph heater, his fastest pitch of the season.
In the bottom of the second, Lincecum had a chance to help his own cause. Pablo Sandoval led off the inning with a single and Michael Morse drew a walk. After a deep fly out by Hector Sanchez that advanced both runners, slumping second baseman Brandon Hicks struck out. The Rockies walked .185-hitting shortstop Adrianza to get to Lincecum, who had just one hit in 18 at-bats coming into Friday's game. He struck out on the eighth pitch of the at-bat.
The Rockies returned the favor in the top of the third, loading the bases and scoring a pair on Morneau's single to right.
Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa would last just three innings because of lower back tightness, and the Giants took advantage as he grimaced through his final frame. A double by Pagan and singles by Hunter Pence and Morse put two runs across.
The Giants took the lead in the fifth. Tommy Kahnle couldn't handle Buster Posey's grounder up the middle that went for an infield single, and Posey scored two batters later on Morse's double. Of Morse's 44 RBIs this season, 25 have come with two outs.
Lincecum retired the final 13 batters he faced. He gave up three hits and two earned in six innings.
--Santiago Casilla struck out all three batters he faced in a rehab outing Thursday and was so sharp that he could skip a scheduled two-inning appearance for the San Jose Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy said Casilla could be activated this weekend, and would certainly join the club in time for a road trip that starts Tuesday in Chicago. Casilla has been sidelined since May 21 with a right hamstring strain.
--Brandon Belt continues to progress in his recovery from left thumb surgery and has started swinging with both hands, albeit it without a ball. Belt is expected to return to the lineup in early July. Friday's game was Belt's 33rd on the disabled list.
--Bochy said it's likely that Morse and Posey will serve as the designated hitters for next week's two-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
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