SAN DIEGO, California: San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter Saturday (Sunday in Manila) by striking out a season-best 13 batters as the Giants routed the San Diego Padres 9-0.
The 29-year-old American improved to five wins and nine losses on the season as he tossed the 15th no-hitter in Giants’ history.
“I felt fine out there from the first pitch,” Lincecum said. “Maybe just a little sweaty.”
Lincecum had help Saturday, receiving some excellent defense from his teammates to earn the second no-hitter of this Major League Baseball season.
Cincinatti Reds pitcher Homer Bailey threw the first one earlier this month in a 3-0 win over Lincecum’s Giants.
Lincecum’s total number of pitches Saturday was 10 more than his previous career high.
The right-hander’s only mistakes were a hit batter and waling four Padre batters.
It marked the first no-hitter for a San Francisco pitcher since Matt Cain tossed a perfect game in June of 2012.
The Giants have now won the first three games of their four-game series with the Padres.
They had lost 14 of their last 16 games before arriving in San Diego.
Pitcher Edison Volquez surrendered eight runs and nine hits in five innings of work for the Padres who have now lost 18 of their last 21 games.