Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Another night, another disappointing performance for Tim Lincecum.

The two-time Cy Young Award failed to get back on track last night against the Marlins, giving up six runs over 5 2/3 innings as part of a 7-6 loss.

Lincecum allowed just one run over the first five innings — a long solo blast by Giancarlo Stanton which actually hit the home run thing in left-center field — before coming unglued in his final inning of work. He gave up three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly to tie the game and then a go-ahead three-run homer to Chris Coghlan before Giants manager Bruce Bochy brought the hook.

Lincecum has allowed four runs or more in four straight starts and now owns an unlikely 6.41 ERA over his first 10 starts this year. The only qualified starting pitchers with a higher ERA are Luke Hochevar, Mike Minor and Clay Buchholz.

Giants trainer Dave Groeschner assured Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com after last night’s start that Lincecum is healthy, but his prolonged funk remains one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 campaign.

Your Friday box scores:

Cubs 0, Pirates 1

Royals 2, Orioles 8

Padres 1, Mets 6

Rays 7, Red Sox 4

Rockies 6, Reds 3

Blue Jays 3, Rangers 14

Tigers 10, Twins 6

Nationals 7, Braves 4

Indians 3, White Sox 9

Phillies 5, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)

Yankees 6, Athletics 3

Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 1

Angels 6, Mariners 4

Astros 3, Dodgers 1

Ken Giles: ‘I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston’

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Blue Jays closer Ken Giles hasn’t exactly turned things around since joining the Blue Jays on July 31, when the club sent embattled closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros. Giles posted a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with the Astros, then put up a slightly less miserable 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Jays. Still, he’s much happier with the Jays than he was with the Astros, even after winning the World Series with them last year. He said to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston. It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”

Giles also said “the communication was lost” with the Astros and it was something that came easy with the Jays. He said, “When I came here, they stayed patient with me. I said hey, I want to work on this thing till I’m comfortable. All right. OK, I’m comfortable, let’s move on to this next thing. Pitching, you can’t just try to fix everything at once. For me, I had to take baby steps to get my groove back. The Jays allowed me to do that. Yeah, the team was out of contention, but it doesn’t matter. It’s still my career. I still have to prove myself. Them being so patient with me, understanding what I want to do, was very, very big.”

Giles, 28, has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining. He has shown promise despite his overall mediocre numbers. In non-save situations this season (with both the Astros and Jays), he has a 9.12 ERA. But in save situations, his ERA is a pristine 0.38. Giles could be a closer the Jays find themselves leaning on as they attempt to get back into competitive shape. Since it sounds like Giles is quite enamored with Toronto and with the Blue Jays, a discussion about a contract extension certainly could be had.