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Sunday, July 14th (All times Eastern)

San Francisco Giants (43-50) at San Diego Padres (41-54), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Barry Zito (4-6, 4.62) San Diego - Eric Stults (7-7, 3.50)

(Sports Network) - Having already begun to rediscover their offense during this four-game series with the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants may also have "The Freak" back as well.

The Giants look to follow up Tim Lincecum's first career no-hitter with a sweep of the Padres on Sunday afternoon.

A former two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, Lincecum went into Saturday's outing 4-9 with a 4.61 earned run average on the season. However, he flashed vintage form in holding the Padres without a hit, get plenty of offensive and defensive support in a 9-0 victory.

Lincecum struck out 13 in his historic outing, walking four and hitting one batter. He surpassed his previous career high of pitches in a game by 10 with 148 and logged the 15th no-hitter in franchise history.

"It's pretty surreal for me," said Lincecum, who threw the second no-hitter in the majors this season. Cincinnati's Homer Bailey had the first earlier this month on July 2.

Added manager Bruce Bochy, "It's good to see something nice happen for Timmy with his ups and downs the last couple of years."

As is usually the case, there were some close calls for Lincecum, but his defense was up to the task. Pablo Sandoval made a nice backhand stop of a sharp grounder at third to end the seventh and right fielder Hunter Pence made perhaps the catch of the game when he raced in and made a sliding grab of a sinking line drive off the bat of Alexi Amarista to finish off the eighth.

"That was really special," Lincecum said of the catch. "To be honest with you, I thought that was a hit off the bat. Hunter comes flying out of nowhere and makes a Superman catch."

A rejuvenated San Francisco offense provided plenty of support, with Pence hitting a homer and driving in five runs. Brandon Belt smacked a two-run shot and had three RBI, while Buster Posey and Sandoval each had three hits.

The Giants were averaging 2.4 runs per contest in losing 14 of 16 prior to arriving in San Diego, but have scored 23 times in winning the first three tilts of this four-game set.

They have won eight of 12 versus the Padres this season, including five in a row. That is the longest winning streak for San Francisco in this series since winning six straight in 2006.

That year also marked the last time the Giants swept a four-game set in San Diego, doing so from Aug. 14-17.

Edison Volquez was torched for eight of the Giants' runs on Saturday. He gave up nine hits over five innings as the Padres continued to slide in a downward trend. They've now lost 18 of their last 21 games.

"The team is pissed off, we're not swinging the bats," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We're not pitching. We're not playing the way that we can play."

San Diego, still the only franchise in the majors without a no-hitter in its history, was last no hit on July 10, 2009 by then-Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez.

Tasked with following Lincecum's gem will be Barry Zito, who is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in seven outings since his last win on May 30.

The Giants are 1-6 over Zito's winless stretch and he struggled on Tuesday versus the New York Mets. The left-hander allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings of work, but did not factor into a 10-6 loss.

Still, Zito is just 4-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts this season, including 0-5 with a 9.38 ERA in seven road outings.

He is 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts versus the Padres in 2013, but in his lone start of the year in San Diego, the 35-year-old was charged with six runs -- only one earned -- in 3 2/3 frames of a no-decision.

Eric Stults will try to conclude an excellent first half when he toes the rubber for the Padres.

The 33-year-old southpaw is 7-7 with a 3.50 ERA through 19 starts and snapped a four-start winless drought (0-2) with a complete-game victory over Colorado on Tuesday.

Stults was one out away from a shutout, but instead settled for his second complete game of the campaign and allowed a run, four hits and three walks while fanning five in the 122-pitch outing.

"He was pitching great and had a two-hit shutout going into the ninth," said Black. "All his stuff was working there and he just pitched a great game. The ball was coming out of his hand really good."

Stults is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in three meetings with the Giants this year and owns a lifetime ERA of 5.11 against the club.

07/14 10:23:22 ET

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Scoreboard
NBA
Final
ORL 100
MIL 115
Final
IND 103
NYK 82
Final
MEM 99
DEN 69
3rd
LAL 62
CHI 50
 
Final
PROV 83
DEP 72
Final
RUTG 51
MSU 71
Final
ARMY 71
BU 67
 
Final
RFLSH 75
BRY 68
 
Final
MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
Final
LIU 67
CCST 55
 
Final
TOWS 74
COC 70
 
Final
UMASS 66
DAY 64
Final
FUR 59
ETST 55
 
Final
ODU 71
FIU 56
Final
RMU 87
FD 65
 
Final
CHAR 86
FATL 61
Final
LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
Final
UNF 86
KNST 67
 
Final
FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
Final
OSU 80
MD 56
Final
Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
Final
STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
Final
WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
Final
GMAS 68
STLU 60
 
Final
JVU 65
USCU 78
 
Final
VMI 70
WCU 85
 
Final
LATU 69
WKENT 56
Final
UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
Final
DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
Final
GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
Final
TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
Final
GHND 64
HC 54
 
Final
CIN 70
UCONN 58
Final
NDST 61
DEN 54
 
Final
SD 55
MAST 66
 
Final
UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
Final
BEL 103
JVST 82
 
Final
SMISS 54
MARS 69
Final
TXSA 69
MTST 58
Final
PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
Final
SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
Final
TENST 64
TENT 56
 
Final
NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
Final
SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
Final
TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
Final
TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
Final
MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
Final
NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
Final
MIZZ 53
KENT 69
Final
GONZ 64
PORT 46
Final
UTEP 71
UAB 69
Final
GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
Final
WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
1st OT
USC 72
COL 69
 
2nd
UCI 63
CPSL 53
 
2nd
CSNO 63
HAW 74
 
Final
PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 54
SCU 44
 
2nd
UCD 67
UCSB 62
 
2nd
UCLA 58
UTAH 50
 
Final
PORST 54
MONT 73
 
Final
SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
2nd
CSFU 49
LBSU 41
 
2nd
GAELS 44
LMU 37
 
1st
WASU 28
CAL 25
 
1st
BYU 32
USF 27
 
Final
NYI 2
BOS 5
Final
NYR 0
MON 1
Final
PHI 5
WIN 2
Final
TOR 1
ARI 3
Final
FLA 3
CLB 2
Final
TAM 5
DET 1
Final
STL 5
NAS 4
Final
CAL 0
MIN 1
3rd
EDM 3
BUF 2
 
2nd Intermission
SJS 6
ANA 1