SAN FRANCISCO -- No Giants pitcher has won a Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence since Rick Reuschel in 1987.

The sight of Tim Lincecum adeptly handling a difficult play, as he did last Sunday in New York, prompts the notion that he could become a candidate to add a Gold Glove to his pair of Cy Young Awards.

Lincecum, who's renowned for his athleticism, demonstrated his nimbleness by gathering in Alex Cora's impossibly high chopper behind the mound and firing the ball to first base for an out that opened the sixth inning.

Lincecum, who has committed two errors in his three-year career, considers himself a capable fielder, though he confessed to some limitations.

"I want to make any play I can, to help the team or help myself out," he said. "I might not get to as many balls as I would like, just because of the way I fall off the mound [at the end of his pitching motion]. Considering the balls I do get to, I think I do all right."

Sanchez slated to face Latos in next start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barring changes in either team's starting rotation, Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and Padres right-hander Mat Latos are bound for a rematch next Tuesday when the teams finish a two-game series at San Diego.

Sanchez has absorbed 1-0 defeats in both of his appearances against the Padres. He somehow lost a seven-inning one-hitter at San Diego on April 20 before his eight-inning, three-hit gem Thursday went to waste.

"Hopefully there's not a third time," said Sanchez, who walked one and struck out five while trimming his ERA from 3.00 to 2.66.

The Giants collected seven hits in those two games. That contrasts with Sanchez's no-hitter against San Diego last July 10, when they backed him with eight runs and 12 hits.

Sanchez sat at his dressing stall, calmly tying his shoes as he addressed reporters. Somebody suggested that he must be frustrated, despite his excellent pitching.

"I am," Sanchez said. "I just don't try to show it."

Molina finding home sweet

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bengie Molina's consistency at AT&T Park has been matchless.

The Giants catcher had hit safely in all 13 home games this season before striking out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning Thursday, batting .447 with two home runs and six RBIs. Only Atlanta's David Freese (.458) and Los Angeles' Andre Ethier (.453) had recorded higher home batting averages among National League players.

Molina also had compiled a .527 on-base percentage and a .617 slugging percentage at home. That's an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.144.

Molina was out of Thursday's starting lineup, receiving his periodic rest as manager Bruce Bochy continued to pair starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez with catcher Eli Whiteside.