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Although hitting in clutch situations proved troublesome in their latest game, the San Francisco Giants continued to make strides at the plate following a slow start to this season.

The Giants might need an even better effort given Tim Lincecum's recent woes against the Colorado Rockies, including a loss earlier this month.

The right-hander will seek a better showing Sunday while trying to lead visiting San Francisco to its fifth win in six games.

San Francisco (8-11) was 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position but produced 12 hits in a 5-4 victory in 11 innings Saturday. The Giants are batting .294 with 21 runs in their last five games after hitting .233 with 37 runs in their first 14 contests.

Angel Pagan matched a career high with four hits as San Francisco reached double digits in a third straight game and his single in the 11th put Nori Aoki in position to score on Joe Panik's bunt along the first base line. That play helped the Giants end a four-game road skid and snap Colorado's three-game overall win streak.

"It's coming along. When we I don't feel right, I try to fight through it, find some way to get some hits and help the team win," said Pagan, 10 for 23 in his last five games.

Lincecum (1-1, 2.00 ERA) will try to build on his first win of the season and beat the Rockies for the first time in nearly three years. He yielded one run over six innings in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

"It's just about pitchability and making good pitches when you have to and putting the bad ones behind you when you can and moving on," Lincecum said. "I've felt like that's kind of been what plagued me in the past, I let them kind of drag me down.

"I'm not saying this is a whole different evolution of a pitcher, I'm just trying to make my way with what I've got."

Lincecum is 0-3 with a 5.59 ERA in his last six starts against Colorado (10-8) and gave up four runs in five innings in a 4-2 loss April 15, including Nolan Arenado's three-run homer in the first. He hasn't earned a win over the Rockies since Sept. 18, 2012.

Tyler Matzek (1-0, 2.40) attempts to best Lincecum for the second time this month.

The left-hander was in line for a win Tuesday against San Diego after giving up two runs in five innings but the Padres rallied for a 7-6 victory.

Matzek, who limited the damage despite a career-high six walks, is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last four starts at Coors Field.

"In the past when stuff was not going well, I'd crumble," Matzek told MLB's official website. "I've moved past that. I've been able to hang in and keep things together."

Matzek is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts against the Giants, both in San Francisco. He gave up one run in six innings and walked one in the April 15 victory.

Pagan is hitting .475 in a nine-game hit streak against Colorado and is 3 for 7 lifetime versus Matzek.

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