Diamondbacks hand Giants' ace Lincecum first loss since July

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PHOENIX -- It was a must-win for the Arizona Diamondbacks and they got it.

Adam Dunn's two-out single in the eighth inning drove in the deciding run and gave the D-backs a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants and ace pitcher Tim Lincecum last night.

It was Lincecum's first loss in two months.

Conor Jackson singled with two outs and stole second to set up Dunn's game-winning hit as the Diamondbacks swept four games from the Giants to stay 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West with 10 to play.

Lincecum was 6-0 in 10 starts since losing to Milwaukee 7-4 on July 20.

The 24-year-old righthander allowed three runs and six hits in his second straight complete game and second of his career.

Arizona blew a lead for Randy Johnson for the fifth time this season, again depriving the 44-year-old of his 295th career victory.

Johnson gave up a run in the first and scattered eight hits through seven innings, striking out four and walking one.

He left with a 2-1 lead, but Bengie Molina homered on his first pitch from reliever Juan Cruz in the eighth to tie it.

The D-backs open a three-game series tonight in Colorado, then play four games at St. Louis before returning home for three games at home against the Rockies to close out the schedule.

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