SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum has been on such a roll over the past three weeks that even a matchup against longtime nemesis Paul Goldschmidt wasn't enough to rattle the two-time NL Cy Young winner.
About the only thing to slow Lincecum down was a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
Lincecum extended his winning streak to four straight starts with another stellar outing, combining with two relievers on a five-hitter in San Francisco's 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
“I just tried to make him as a batter, not too big,” Lincecum said. “I know he's hurt me in the past ... but if I stick to my game plan, things are going to turn out for the best. He's that guy that I just need to bear down in the zone.”
Goldschmidt entered the game with a .577 career batting average against Lincecum and had already hit a pair of home runs off the Giants right-hander this season.
Lincecum got the better of Goldschmidt this time, holding the Arizona first baseman hitless in three plate appearances. Goldschmidt did get a hit, singling off reliever Juan Gutierrez in the ninth.
“His stuff the last few games has been really good,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He just is in a good rhythm out there and he's throwing with a lot of confidence. He's been on a good roll.”
Lincecum (9-5) allowed three hits over seven innings and fanned Gerardo Parra to end a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh. The owner of a no-hitter this season, Lincecum struck out six and walked two.
It is the first time Lincecum has won four consecutive starts since April 5-23, 2010. During his current streak, he has given up just one run over 30-1/3 innings — a remarkable 0.30 ERA.