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Lincecum survives shaky outing, Giants top Phillies, 5-2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum survived five innings Sunday and Michael Morse capped a torrid homestand as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on a day they were visited in the clubhouse by Bryan Stow.

Stow, 45, was the victim of a vicious beating outside Dodger Stadium in 2011. He brought the good vibes Sunday before the game when he was wheeled in by third base coach Tim Flannery and given a tour of the facilities by Jeremy Affeldt.

Then the Giants continued the good feelings by winning a second straight home game for the first time since early June. They also picked up ground on the Dodgers for the second straight day and now sit 3 1/2 games back in the National League West.

Lincecum (10-8) looked destined for a short outing when he allowed 10 base runners in the first three innings, which prompted the Giants to get Yusmeiro Petit loose in the bullpen. But he settled down enough to go five innings and win for the first time since July 11, when he beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Phillies' first four batters of the game reached, but the damage was limited when Ben Revere was thrown out trying to steal by Andrew Susac. Lincecum worked out of the jam by allowing just one run.

Philadelphia stranded two more runners in the second and then loaded the bases in the third. A run scored on an RBI walk by Cody Asche before Lincecum struck out pitcher David Buchanan to end it.

The Phillies put the leadoff hitters on base each of the next two innings, but Lincecum wiggled out of trouble and departed after throwing 98 pitches in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked four.

The Giants had a 2-1 lead in the second inning when Brandon Crawford singled with two outs. That scored Morse from second and Phillies' right fielder Marlon Byrd's throw to third got past Asche to allow Susac to score.

San Francisco regained the lead in the fourth on consecutive singles by Morse, Joe Panik and Susac. The Giants added two more in the eighth on a pair of sacrifice flies.

Morse had three singles and went 3-for-3 for the second straight game. He was 7-for-8 with two walks in the series and has hits in last seven at-bats and has reached base nine straight times. He went 9-for-14 on the five-game homestand to push his batting average to .286.

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