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Tim Lincecum hasn't won since his no-hitter last month, but San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy likes the way the right-hander has been throwing.
Bochy can't be as confident about his club's offense heading into Thursday's series finale with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.
A two-time Cy Young Award winner and the owner of two World Series rings, Lincecum (5-11, 4.43 ERA) threw his first career no-hitter in a 9-0 victory at San Diego on July 13 in his final start of the first half.
Lincecum followed that career-high 148-pitch outing with one of his worst, giving up a career-high eight earned runs in 3 2-3 innings of an 11-0 loss to Cincinnati on July 22.
But in two starts since - both 2-1 Giants losses - Lincecum has gone seven innings apiece while allowing three total runs and striking out 15.
"He's in a good place," Bochy said after Lincecum gave up one run in Saturday's 10-inning loss at Tampa Bay. "He's strong, he's got a lot of confidence going. He's using all his pitches. He's on the top of his game."
Lincecum has the team's worst run-support average at 3.56, and he could have little room for error again with the Giants (50-63) batting .236 and producing 2.5 runs per game while dropping 12 of 17.
The Giants can salvage the four-game series split - and finish 2-5 against the Brewers (49-65) this season - when they get their first look at Donovan Hand (0-3, 3.60).
The rookie right-hander gets a fourth consecutive start after being used as a reliever in 12 of his first 15 games. Hand was mostly pleased with his stuff Saturday after going a career-high seven innings in a 3-0 loss to Washington, but he was concerned about allowing a pair of homers.
Hand gave up three in his previous start.
"Just got to be a little better in that area," he told the Brewers' official website.
Milwaukee has enjoyed some outstanding pitching in this series - its starters have allowed one run in 17 1-3 innings - but the club could use some better at-bats, as they have just two fewer strikeouts than hits (22) in the last three games.
Rickie Weeks, 0 for 10 in the series, is questionable after leaving Wednesday's game with a strained left hamstring. Weeks' injury could force the Brewers to call up Scooter Gennett, who was just sent to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez has one hit in eight at-bats against Lincecum, who is 0-2 with a 5.76 ERA in five career home starts versus Milwaukee and has gotten a total of eight runs of support.
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