- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum threw hard and for a lot of strikes, exactly what the Giants were hoping for in his final spring appearance.

Lincecum, the Cy Young award winner and opening day starter, struck out eight in 5 2-3 innings, walking one while allowing three runs on four hits as San Francisco defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-4 on Thursday night.

Pablo Sandoval had three hits and drove in two runs for the Giants, who won their third straight. Travis Ishikawa drove in two runs, Bengie Molina had three hits and drove in a run and both Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand hit sacrifice flies.

Eric Chavez hit his first home run, a drive over the center field wall for Oakland.

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