After Lincecum told Bochy "Yeah" he was fine to stay in the game, he followed that up with a stronger "Yes, sir." It worked.
"I think he has returned to the Timmy of before," said Sanchez, catching Lincecum for the second straight start.
Sanchez stayed in the game after landing hard on his left arm, hip and ribs while making a diving catch of a foul popup by Herrera for the first out in the fourth.
Ethier was removed before the bottom of the first after injuring his side muscle on a check swing.
Notes: Giants starting pitchers have allowed one earned run in their last 31 innings. ... Juan Uribe, 1-for-21 during the road trip, returned to the Los Angeles lineup and went 0-for-3. ... Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis will head on a rehab assignment Saturday to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga if his baserunning goes well Thursday. He's likely to play four or five games and get 20 at-bats. "I'm anxious," Ellis said. "I don't think I've ever gotten a hit in a rehab game. You just want to get back with the team." ... Wednesday marked the 32nd anniversary of Jerry Reuss' no-hitter for the Dodgers against the Giants at Candlestick Park. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner looks to become the Giants' first 10-game winner of 2012 when he pitches the series opener Thursday night against Cincinnati and former San Francisco skipper Dusty Baker
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