Tim Lincecum will likely have to fix his early-game struggles if he's going to lead the San Francisco Giants to their first series win at AT&T Park in more than a month.
As the inconsistent right-hander seeks his first victory since July 11, the Giants will try to win consecutive home games for the first time since early June in Sunday's finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.Lincecum (9-8, 4.51 ERA) will try to get into an early rhythm after lasting 3 1/3 innings for the second time in three starts last Sunday. He allowed four runs in the first inning and gave up six runs before exiting the 7-4 loss at Kansas City."I didn't execute a lot of pitches, especially with runners on base," he said. "That's my responsibility. It's under my control."Lincecum is 0-3 with an 8.63 ERA in his last five starts after going 4-0 with a 0.30 ERA in his previous four.The two-time NL Cy Young award winner has surrendered 11 runs and 14 hits over 7 2/3 innings in his last two home starts after throwing 24 scoreless innings while winning his previous three at AT&T Park.Lincecum went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his first five home meetings with Philadelphia, though the former All-Star has given up 10 runs and 17 hits over 13 innings while losing his last two.Now he'll try to turn things around while helping the Giants win their first home series since July 11-13 and claim back-to-back victories at AT&T Park for the first time since a five-game run from May 27-June 8.San Francisco (64-58) rallied from a four-run deficit in Saturday's 6-5 win over the NL East-worst Phillies (54-69).Michael Morse had three hits and is 4 for 5 with four RBIs in this series, while Joe Panik has gone 4 for 7. The rookie second baseman is batting .410 in his last 11 games."The bats came to life and we started placing the ball well," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That picks up the energy."Philadelphia's Ben Revere matched a career high with four hits Saturday, while Ryan Howard had three and Chase Utley added two in the club's sixth loss in eight games.Utley is hitting .405 with nine RBIs in his last 10 games and is 3 for 4 with a homer versus Lincecum since the start of 2013.Philadelphia's David Buchanan (6-6, 4.40) makes his third start since returning to the majors for his second stint.The rookie right-hander seeks his fifth straight quality start, though he had his two-game winning streak snapped Monday. He gave up three runs over six-plus innings in a 5-3 home defeat to the New York Mets.Buchanan is pitching well away from Citizens Bank Park as he takes on the Giants for the first time. He's surrendered just one run while going at least seven innings to win two of his last three road starts.He'll face a San Francisco team that totaled five runs while batting .173 during a five-game home losing streak before scoring 25 with a .279 average while winning three of its last five at AT&T Park.Morse has gone 8 for 14 with a home run, triple and two doubles during this home stretch. He's also hitting .400 with four homers in his last 12 overall versus Philadelphia.