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Posted on: Monday, April 5, 2010

MLB: Lincecum shuts down Astros in 5-2 Giants win


By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON Tim Lincecum pitched seven scoreless innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Houston Astros 5-2 Monday night.

Lincecum (1-0) allowed four hits and struck out seven with no walks to shut down a Houston offense that started the season with star slugger Lance Berkman on the disabled list.

The Giants got a boost from new left fielder Mark DeRosa, who scored in San Francisco's three-run second inning and added a solo homer in the eighth.

Houston starter Roy Oswalt (0-1) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings as he extended his team record to eight straight opening day starts.

Sergio Romo allowed two hits in a scoreless eighth inning. Houston finally got on the board in the ninth when Carlos Lee singled and scored on a ground out by Pedro Feliz. J.R. Towles followed with an RBI double off Brandon Medders.

Brian Wilson came in for the last two outs and the save.