On a day the Giants acquired Hunter Pence to bolster the middle of their lineup, they got a look at what a familiar face could do for their rotation.
Tim Lincecum. Remember him?
Lincecum gave up one run in seven innings as the Giants snapped their season-worst five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
Lincecum spent the entire first half in a mysterious slump, but he has a 2.70 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.
He was sharp for much of the night Tuesday. Lincecum started to wobble in the seventh, but he escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out pinch-hitter David Wright looking at a curveball. It was the last, and perhaps the best, of Lincecum’s 112 pitches.
The Giants, who are expected to get Pence into uniform for today’s game, still didn’t do much offensively against Mets rookie Matt Harvey. In six innings against Harvey, the Giants had only four hits, and they struck out seven times. They scored three runs, but one came on a double play and the other two because of an error.
They added an insurance run on Marco Scutaro’s RBI single in the eighth.
The San Francisco bullpen, which blew a two-run eighth-inning lead a night earlier, made this one stand. Jeremy Affeldt pitched two innings for his second save.
Harvey, a former first-round pick, had 11 strikeouts in his electric major-league debut his previous time out.
NOTES: Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff is expected to be placed on the disabled list after hurting his knee Monday night, but he remained active for Tuesday’s game because the club was unsure if Pence would arrive in time. ... Angel Pagan was not in San Francisco’s lineup after hurting his hand when he slammed his bat into something in anger Monday night. Manager Bruce Bochy was not happy. “You’ve got to keep your poise a little better,” Bochy said.