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3/13/2013 1:43 A.M. ET

Bochy encouraged by Lincecum's return to action

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- On a 79-degree night where Pablo Sandoval and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum returned to the Giants' lineup, 36-year-old Freddy Garcia stole the show.

The Padres defeated the Giants, 6-2, to even their Spring Training record to 9-9, while San Francisco fell to 6-8-3.

"Tonight wasn't good for a lot of us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was an off night."

Sandoval returned to the Giants on Tuesday after Venezuela recently was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic and Lincecum was pitching after a blister caused him to skip two scheduled starts.

"Thought he did pretty good," Bochy said of Lincecum. "Overall I thought he did a good job, had good stuff with all his pitches."

Lincecum allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Garcia, a non-roster invitee in Padres camp, is competing for a spot in the rotation and made a statement with his start.

"We've seen the success of the secondary pitches down below the strike zone with a lot of action," Padres manager Bud Black said of Garcia. "It's a deceptive arm speed that can create a lack of timing for the hitters.

"[Tonight] he got ahead and put them away."

Garcia entered Tuesday's game with a spring ERA of 13.50 as he had previously allowed 10 runs over 6 2/3 innings.

Against the Giants, Garcia was a different pitcher. The right-hander struck out six over four innings and allowed one run on three hits.

Offensively, Mark Kotsay continued to hit at a torrid place. The veteran outfielder entered Tuesday's game hitting .600 with three RBIs this spring and added an RBI triple on a 1-for-2 night.

Everth Cabrera also had a good game for the Padres, going 3-for-4 with a stolen base.

San Francisco got on the scoreboard when Johnny Monell hit a solo home run, his first of the spring, in the third inning to right field.

Up next for Giants: Barry Zito will embrace the opportunity to pitch in sunshine Wednesday when he opposes the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Last Friday, Zito worked only one official inning against the Dodgers due to three rain delays. In his outing before that on March 3, Zito displayed the form he sustained in last year's second half by throwing three shutout innings against Arizona.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.