SAN DIEGO — Tim Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter and the second in the majors in 11 days, a gem saved by a diving catch by rightfielder Hunter Pence during the Giants' 9-0 win against the Padres on Saturday night.
Lincecum said he remained calm as the outs piled up.
"I really tried not thinking about (the no-hitter) at all," he said.
Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young winner, was the losing pitcher when Cincinnati's Homer Bailey no-hit the Giants on July 2, the first in the majors this season.
Lincecum was in control from the start, striking out 13. He threw a career-high 148 pitches but said he didn't feel fatigued.
"I felt fine out there," Lincecum said. "A little sweaty, but I felt great."
Still, he needed help. Pence caught Alexi Amarista's sinking liner with a full dive to end the eighth.
"I thought that was a for-sure hit," Lincecum said. "That was really impressive."
The Padres are the only team without a no-hitter.