- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched 4 1-3 effective innings, and the Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Lincecum walked a batter and struck out three. Chicago’s first two runs came in the fifth inning, and the White Sox took a 3-2 lead in the seventh.

The Giants won it with one out in the ninth. Hector Sanchez led off with a single. Juan Perez ran for him and scored on an opposite-field double to left by Nick Noonan. Brandon Hicks sacrificed Noonan to third and Joaquin Arias brought home the win with a hit to right-center.

STARTING TIME

White Sox: Right-hander Felipe Paulino, making a bid for a spot in the rotation after not pitching in the major leagues since 2012 due to ulnar-ligament replacement surgery in his elbow, pitched 3 2-3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Paulino is 13-32 in 61 career starts. The 30 year old last pitched for Kansas City.

Manager Robin Ventura said earlier in the week that Paulino, who has yet to get a win in three spring starts with a 9.72 ERA, is not going to be handed a rotation spot, and that he is going to have to earn it.

Giants: Lincecum said he was not fatigued and felt he could have kept going in the fifth, when Chicago scored its first two runs.

“It’s good for me to get four-plus innings, get the work in in a game-type situation,” Lincecum said. “I’ve had three starts now and I’m still progressing.”

Lincecum had four straight years where he pitched 200 or more innings (2008-11) and narrowly missed a fifth in 2013 (by 2 1-3 innings), and he wants to get back to that level.

“It’s time I challenged myself in that way,” said Lincecum, who over the winter in a rented warehouse in his native Seattle and threw often to friends from a portable mound.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: First baseman Brandon Belt missed his second straight game with a stomach virus.

WILL SCUTARO BE READY?

Second baseman Marco Scutaro took batting practice Wednesday, but it is looking more and more as if he might begin the regular season on the disabled list.

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