Lincecum settles down in 3rd inning, still 2-1 Cardinals

How long is Tim Lincecum going to last in Game 4?

He threw 25 pitches in the first inning, and gave up two runs.

He threw 19 pitches in the second inning, and -- thanks to a questionable stolen-base attempt that became the first out in the inning -- escaped without giving up another run.

He threw eight pitches in the third inning, and set down the Cardinals in order; granted, the second out came when Angel Pagan made a leaping catch of Yadier Molina's drive in deep center field.

But at least it's a positive trend for Lincecum. Yes, it's Cardinals 2, Giants 1 after three innings. But at least it looks like Lincecum might leave only three or four innings for the bullpen.

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