Bochy shows support for struggling Lincecum

Bochy shows support for struggling Lincecum

MIAMI -- Manager Bruce Bochy had little to say about his chat with Tim Lincecum following the right-hander's latest subpar outing.

But it was plain that Bochy remains steadfastly confident in Lincecum, who owns a 2-5 record with a 6.41 ERA.

Lincecum induced only five swings and misses while throwing 97 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. But, Bochy said, "He threw the ball well. ... He has to keep working, which he's doing. We're all in with him and he needs to know that."

This has been a season of firsts for Lincecum, not all of them good. His loss to the Marlins was the first of his career against them in four starts. Lincecum's next start is next Wednesday at AT&T Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who scored five runs in 5 1/3 innings against him while defeating the ace on Opening Day.

Lincecum has gone five consecutive starts allowing at least three runs and without earning a victory. He endured similar streaks in his 2007 rookie season and in 2010.

"He's taking it hard, believe me," Bochy said.