CINCINNATI -- Tim Lincecum got his first win of the season in the first game of Monday's doubleheader at New York. He went five innings, striking out eight while allowing just one run on four hits in the 6-1 victory.
Lincecum was able to lower his ERA from a whopping 10.54 to 8.20, but after walking five on 108 pitches, he was not about to say his early-season struggles were over.
"I won and we won, which is better than losing," said Lincecum. "It's a fine line where guys can get tight and make a [lousy] pitch. It's about having that fine focus without stressing out about it. It's knowing what you need to do, and if you do it, the good result will happen. If your mind goes to the negative aspect of the situation you're in, then it's probably going to end up going that way."
The Mets had the bases loaded and one out with first baseman Ike Davis at the plate in the fifth inning with a chance to cut into the Giants' lead. Lincecum got Davis to hit a ground ball up the middle that second baseman Emmanuel Burriss made a stop on and flipped to shortstop Brandon Crawford for the turn and an inning-ending double play.
"It was a situation where I had to throw a strike, and I know he's scuffling, too," said Lincecum. "You know that situation and want to take advantage of it. I was fortunate enough to get a ground ball to the second baseman."