Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/23/12

Three consecutive singles. Two walks sandwiched around a defensive misplay. Then three consecutive strikeouts.

That's how San Francisco Giants right-handerTim Lincecum gave up three first-inning runs Friday at Oakland.

Weird inning in a weird game in a weird season for the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Lincecum followed up a sloppy first inning with five hitless innings, and how typical was that. His "one bad inning" syndrome hit him hard again, but this one didn't cost him another loss because the Giants rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat the A's 5-4.

"Timmy said enough is enough. He took control and pitched out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Lincecum's next start is Wednesday against the Dodgers, and the goal again is a consistent outing, not a nice stretch to accompany a lousy inning.

At least there's a lot of hope coming out of Friday's start. In fact, after the first six batters he faced, he was downright filthy. First, the three straight strikeouts to end the first inning, then the five hitless innings.

Problem was, the first six hitters put him in a 3-0 hole, and he was heading for another loss before the offense picked it up in the ninth.

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