SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum’s strong home streak came to an end Saturday, and with it came an end to the Giants’ perfect run at AT&T Park.
Lincecum was knocked out in the fifth as the Giants fell to the Braves 8-0, ending a seven-game winning streak at home. The Dodgers won 5-1 in St. Louis earlier in the night, pushing the Giants back into second place after a day atop the National League West.
Williams Perez unleashed his inner Odrisamer Despaigne, flummoxing the Giants with a varying array of curveballs, changeups and sinkers while throwing seven shutout innings. They left nine on base.
Lincecum had a quick first inning — capped by a strikeout of Freddie Freeman — that extended his scoreless streak at home to 23 innings. Nick Markakis led off the second with a single and came around to score on a single by Andrelton Simmons. That would be the start of four straight one-run innings for Lincecum.
Jace Peterson singled with one out in the third, stole second, reached third on a throwing error by Andrew Susac, and scored on Cameron Maybin’s single. Juan Uribe led off the fourth with a double and scored three batters later when the Giants elected to go after light-hitting No. 8 hitter Christian Bethancourt with the pitcher on deck. Bethancourt went down to get a two-strike slider and poked it into left.
When Lincecum gave up two hits and a walk to the first four batters in the fifth, his night was over. The 4 1/3-inning outing was his second-shortest of the season.
Starting pitching report: Lincecum allowed just 20 hits and four earned runs in his first five home starts this season. On Saturday he was charged with eight hits and four runs. He has allowed eight runs over his last two starts, bumping his ERA from 2.08 to 3.00.
Bullpen report: Jean Machi gave up four earned runs in two innings, including a mammoth two-run jazz-hands homer to Uribe.
At the plate: Not much, my friends.
In the field: Maybe this one didn’t look as great on TV, but in person Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik made the double play in the second inning look waaaaaay too easy. Crawford went far to his right and made a sidearm throw to second, where Panik made a lightning-fast turn and another sidearm throw that got Lincecum out of the inning.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 42,005. Steph Curry did not attend.
Up next: A pretty good pitching matchup on a Sunday at AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner (6-2, 3.00) faces Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.91), who can be inconsistent but also can be dominant.