Houston, TX - Tim Lincecum, the two-time defending National League Cy Young Award winner, threw seven shutout innings to pace the San Francisco Giants over the Houston Astros, 5-2, on Opening Day, at Minute Maid Park.
Mark DeRosa homered and scored two runs. His solo blast in the eighth inning came off Tim Byrdak, as the Giants entered 2010 trying to improve on last season's 88-win total and make the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Catcher Bengie Molina and Juan Uribe each had two hits and both had an RBI during a three-run second inning.
Lincecum (1-0) allowed four hits and had seven strikeouts. and didn't walk a batter. The start was the second consecutive Opening Day nod for Lincecum.
Brian Wilson closed out the game with a save in the ninth, retiring the two batters he faced.
Both Carlos Lee and Kaz Matsui went 2-for-4, while Pedro Feliz and J.R. Towles each drove in a run in the ninth inning for the Astros, who were cheered on in front of 43,836 fans -- the largest Opening Day crowd in the stadium's history.
Roy Oswalt (0-1) surrendered three runs on seven hits in six frames with three punchouts, in his eighth straight Opening Day start. The Astros won 74 games in 2009, but haven't reached the postseason since 2005, losing in the World Series to the White Sox.