SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum and the Giants were looking for more consistency Tuesday night. They found it, but not the kind they were aiming for.
For the second straight night, the Giants lost 6-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park after their starter faltered and the lineup sputtered. A night after Madison Bumgarner gave up five earned runs, Lincecum did the same. He lasted seven innings for the second time in his last three starts, but that was little consolation for Lincecum, who has given up 10 earned runs in two May outings.
"It's definitely frustrating," Lincecum said. "It's a lack of consistency. Making a great pitch and not repeating it is the frustrating part."
Lincecum did plenty of both in the first inning, when he struck out three but gave up a run on his own throwing error, a walk and single.
The Phillies got right back to work in the second inning. Leadoff singles by Laynce Nix and Ben Revere and a sacrifice by Kyle Kendrick set the table for the top of the lineup. Jimmy Rollins brought home a run with a ground out, and Chase Utley's single made it 3-0.
Lincecum needed 42 pitches to get through the first two innings, and it looked as if the bullpen would be in for a long night. But he settled down through the middle innings, giving up just a solo homer to Utley as the Giants tried to claw their way back.
Brandon Belt singled to lead off third inning, and Brandon Crawford followed with a double. Angel Pagan hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Belt, and Marco Scutaro hit a run-scoring double. The rally stopped there, however. The Giants couldn't push another run across against Kendrick and two relievers.
The Phillies tacked on a run in the seventh when Michael Young's double brought Rollins racing home. Ryan Howard's homer in the ninth added another run.
After winning six straight, the Giants have dropped the first two games of this series and have lost five straight to teams outside of their division.
"You like to stay out of the tough streaks," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It comes down to consistency with the pitching. We haven't hit our stride with the pitching yet, and that's the key for us."
Lincecum said the starting staff would need to spend more time talking about what has gone wrong and what can be done to get back on track.
"It's one of those friendly competitions where we just get back to competing with each other," Lincecum said.
On Tuesday, Lincecum's line equaled Bumgarner's, and that wasn't a positive for the Giants.
"A few times the ball just came back over the middle of the plate," Bochy said. "They came back over the plate, and (the Phillies) hit it."
"He really did a nice job, and I told him that," Bochy said. "He has shown he can pitch up here."
Machi was called up when Jeremy Affeldt went on the disabled list last month.
He impressed in nine appearances, giving up just two runs over 101/3 innings and getting some huge outs in late innings.
He was sent down because the Giants needed a spot for reliever Mijares, who had spent seven days on the bereavement list and then one on the restricted list.
Bochy said Machi "has the equipment to pitch up here. The fastball that's 94-95 mph and the slider and the good splitter."
Mijares gave up one run in two innings in his return and pointed to the sky after getting out of the eighth inning with a strikeout. He flew to Venezuela last week to be with family members after his grandmother died.
"I was proud of him," Bochy said. "It's not easy what he had to go through this week, and to come out and do what he did is impressive."
Scutaro had two hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Crawford entered in a 2 for 32 rut but had a couple of hits.