Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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If Tim Lincecum isn’t back, well, he’s certainly on the right track.

After tossing eight shutout innings against the Astros in his last start last Saturday, Lincecum gave up two runs over seven innings last night in Philadelphia as part of a 7-2 win over the Phillies. His ERA dropped from 5.93 to 5.72 with the solid effort.

Things looked pretty shaky for a moment, as Lincecum fell off the mound in the middle of his windup to balk in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. He then walked the bases loaded before getting Placido Polanco on a groundout to escape. The only other run scored on a solo home run by Ryan Howard in the sixth.

Lincecum gave up just five hits in all while striking out six and walking a pair. He topped out at 92.9 mph on his fastball and maintained his velocity throughout. The Giants already lead the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games in the National League West, but they could start to pull away if Lincecum finally gets in a groove.

Your Friday box scores:

White Sox 2, Tigers 4

Marlins 3, Pirates 4

Orioles 10, Indians 2

Braves 11, Nationals 10 (11 innings)

Mariners 3, Rays 4 (14 innings)

Dodgers 7, Mets 6

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1

Brewers 1, Reds 3

Twins 2, Royals 1 (11 innings)

Cubs 1, Cardinals 4

Yankees 2, Athletics 3

Astros 8, Diamondbacks 13

Rangers 1, Angels 6

Rockies 5, Padres 9

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.