Originally written June 17, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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Tim Lincecum was hoping to stop the worst skid of his career when he pitched in front of family and friends during his homecoming Saturday night. It ended up being more of the same. Casper Wells and Jesus Montero greeted Lincecum with long first-inning home runs, Franklin Gutierrez's infield single in the sixth gave Seattle the lead for good and the Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the San Francisco Giants. Lincecum (2-8) was the focal point of the evening thanks to his personal five-game losing streak and his first start in Seattle, where he was a prep star and national collegiate player of the year at Washington. Instead it became another night of frustration for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who was unable to hold a 4-2 lead and was done just one costly batter into the sixth inning. Montero led off the sixth with a single and eventually scored the go-ahead run when Gutierrez hit a hard chopper down the third-base line that Joaquin Arias ...
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