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Originally published Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

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Lincecum loses 6th straight, M's beat Giants 7-4

Tim Lincecum was hoping to stop the worst skid of his career when he pitched in front of family and friends during his homecoming Saturday night.

AP Sports Writer

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SEATTLE —

Tim Lincecum was hoping to stop the worst skid of his career when he pitched in front of family and friends during his homecoming Saturday night.

It ended up being more of the same.

Casper Wells and Jesus Montero greeted Lincecum with long first-inning home runs, Franklin Gutierrez's infield single in the sixth gave Seattle the lead for good and the Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Lincecum (2-8) was the focal point of the evening thanks to his personal five-game losing streak and his first start in Seattle, where he was a prep star and national collegiate player of the year at Washington. Instead it became another night of frustration for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who was unable to hold a 4-2 lead and was done just one costly batter into the sixth inning.

Montero led off the sixth with a single and eventually scored the go-ahead run when Gutierrez hit a hard chopper down the third-base line that Joaquin Arias could only knock down. Brendan Ryan followed with a two-run single to center.

Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) picked up his first major league victory by pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Kevin Millwood, who was making his first start since throwing the first six innings of Seattle's combined no-hitter against the Dodgers on June 8. Charlie Furbush worked the eighth and Tom Wilhelmsen finished for his fourth save in five chances.

Before the game, Lincecum received a rousing welcome back. One fan stood near the bullpen while Lincecum warmed up with a sign reading "In Timmy We Believe." He was given a huge ovation from a large throng of Giants fans as he walked in from the bullpen, but immediately put himself in an early hole.

Lincecum gave up five runs and five hits, struck out six and walked two. The right-hander is 0-6 with a 6.44 ERA in nine starts since his last victory April 28 against San Diego.

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