Another first-inning funk for Lincecum, Giants

Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesRocky: Tim Lincecum

Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesRocky: Tim Lincecum

Monday night’s game at AT&T Park was supposed to be a low-scoring duel between two of the league’s best pitchers, but that theme didn’t even last one inning as the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.

With each team’s ace on the mound — Tim Lincecum for the Giants and Roy Halladay for the Phillies — both teams loaded the bases in the first inning, with the Phillies scoring four times and the Giants one. Each team added a run in the fourth to round out the scoring.

Lincecum retired 10 batters in a row after his early struggles, but gave up a double to Freddy Galvis in the fourth, who scored on a single by Halladay. Lincecum finished with six strikeouts in six innings. He is now 0-2 on the season with a 10.54 ERA in three starts.

“This was a much-improved outing. The first inning just got away from him,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “The difference is they got some hits and we didn’t. We had Halladay on the ropes.”

Halladay went eight innings, giving up seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts before giving way to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

Aubrey Huff plated the Giants’ first run on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the first inning, and Lincecum drove in a run with a groundout.

After hard lineouts in his first two at bats, Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a sharp ground ball that bounced off first base in the fifth inning. Buster Posey tallied a season-high three hits.

NOTES: A moment of silence was held before the game for the victims of the Saturday boating accident during the Low Speed Chase when a boat struck the rocks near the Farallon Islands. Four sailors were still missing when the Coast Guard called off the search Sunday.  … Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly missed the game due to a family medical issue. … Brandon Crawford committed a fielding error to put the Giants’ majors-worst total at 15.

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