GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Ubaldo Jimenez is getting good results by quickening his delivery.
Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi hit consecutive homers off Heath Hembree, and Ubaldo Jimenez had a solid start on Thursday, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-4 victory over the Giants.
Hembree allowed Swisher’s third home run of the spring, a three-run shot in the fifth. Giambi hit his first.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum had to be scratched again because of a blister that he developed after his first appearance of spring training. He also missed a start last Saturday because of the blister on the middle finger of his right hand.
Chad Gaudin, who is trying to earn a job in the bullpen, pitched three scoreless innings in Lincecum’s place.
“He’s got the experience,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He has the pitches to work with.”
Hembree, a Pacific Coast League All-Star last season, had trouble controlling his pitches in the fifth inning.
“He got some pitches up but they were two pretty good hitters,” Bochy said.
NOTES: Brandon Belt, who leads the Giants with three home runs, hit a two-run double. ... Giants INF Brett Pill has swelling in his knee. “He doesn’t know how he did it,” Bochy said. ... Giants OF Andres Torres has an injured oblique muscle. “He is swinging from the right side,” Bochy said. “He should start taking some swings from the left side Monday or Tuesday.”