Lincecum has letdown in first start since no-hitter 

click to enlarge San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, July 22, 2013, in San Francisco. - AP PHOTO/MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ
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  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, July 22, 2013, in San Francisco.

Tim Lincecum stumbled in the follow-up to his no-hitter and he dismissed the idea that the 148 pitches he threw in San Diego impacted his start.

The Reds got to Lincecum early on Monday, scoring three runs in the first inning, two in the second, another in the third and a pair in the fourth en route to 11-0 win over the Giants at AT&T Park.

"I felt just as normal as I have in recent starts, so there's no toll," Lincecum said in reference to the pitch count in his no-hitter.

Shin-Soo Choo snapped Lincecum's hitless innings streak right away, dropping a double under the glove of a sliding Gregor Blanco in the game's first at-bat. Derrick Robinson dropped a bunt single toward third base one batter later, Jay Bruce walked and Todd Frazier cleared the bases with a three-run double over center fielder Andres Torres' head with two outs.

"I do think the first inning took a toll on him there," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Like I said, you're so close to getting out of it and I'm sure that was deflating for him."

Lincecum said he was disappointed with the pitch he threw to Frazier.

"I could have made a better pitch to him, gone to a different pitch," he said. "You know, fastball down the middle, he crushed it."

Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo piled on in the second with solo home runs and Jay Bruce punctuated the rout with a blast over the brick wall in right field in the third.

Lincecum left the game with two outs in the fourth after throwing 78 pitches. He gave up a total of eight earned runs on nine hits and a walk. The last two runs were scored after George Kontos surrendered a double to Brandon Philips with runners at the corners.

Lincecum, who went nine days between starts, hit 91 mph on the gun in the first. By the second inning, he was down to the high-80s.

"You've just got to prepare for it, know that you're going to get those days off to give yourself that rest and come back strong - but I didn't today," Lincecum said.

The loss cost the Giants another half-game in the National League West standings. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers, who pulled ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks with their 21st win in 26 contests, by six games.

It wasn't just Lincecum whom the Reds bats smacked around on Monday; they scored runs in each of the first seven innings, tagging the bullpen for another three runs on eight hits.

Kontos managed to toss 3.1 innings in relief and Bochy said it might have saved the bullpen for Tuesday's doubleheader.

"He gave us what we needed," he said.

As the Giants pitchers struggled, Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo mowed through the Giants' order. He tossed a complete game shutout, allowing seven hits and no walks. The Giants reached second base only once in the game.

"We've got to find a way to get runs off of good pitching," Bochy said.

With the loss, the Giants have now dropped 24 of their last 37 against the Reds.

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