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COL@MIL: Nicasio tosses six solid innings to earn win

Less than a week ago, Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio didn't know what it felt like to get a victory on the road.

After two seasons of never winning a game outside the confines of Coors Field, Nicasio finally broke through in his first start of the 2013 season and beat the Brewers in Milwaukee on Wednesday. He tossed six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

"It's important because last year I didn't win on the road. Only at home," Nicasio said. "That was my first road win of my career. Now I'm looking for No. 2."

He'll bring that newfound confidence into Tuesday's contest at AT&T Park against the Giants and right-hander Tim Lincecum.

Rockies first-year manager Walt Weiss sees the three-game series as a way to build momentum for his club. The Giants took a 4-2 win in Monday night's game.

"I just told them this is another challenge in front of us, coming out to the West Coast and winning a series out here. That's the next challenge in front of us," Weiss said. "Again, it's a week into the season, but we were able to win a series on the road right out of the gate, able to dominate a series at home. The next one is being able to come out here on the West Coast and win a series out here."

As for Lincecum, the 2013 season hasn't started off as well as he would like.

Having trouble with his command in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, the right-hander matched a career high by walking seven batters. However, he limited the Dodgers to just one hit in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position and finished the game allowing just two unearned runs on three hits in five innings.

While the win marked the 80th of Lincecum's career, he barely threw more than 50 percent strikes and said he felt like he was competing more than pitching.

After the start, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's noticed changes in Lincecum the last two seasons.

"His velocities are down just a little bit, and when the velocity's down a little bit, you're not in as big a hurry," Mattingly said. "When the velocities go down a little bit, then you're a lot more comfortable up there that he can't throw the ball by you. At that point you're not going to chase as much."

Rockies: Cuddyer returns to action
After resting his sore left wrist Sunday, Michael Cuddyer returned to the starting lineup Monday for the Rockies when they opened a three-game set against the Giants in San Francisco.

"It feels good," Cuddyer said before the game. "It's good to go. We're ready to go. The way I view it, you either can play or you can't. I can play today."

He finished Monday's game going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Giants: Scutaro working to find stroke
Second baseman Marco Scutaro was on the field well before Monday's game against the Rockies taking extra batting practice to try to get his timing back.

Scutaro is hitting just .111 (3-for-27), which is a sharp contrast to the .362 average he posted in 61 games after he was traded to the Giants last season.

"My rhythm is not there. ... I'm jumping at the ball. ... I'm not letting the ball travel," said Scutaro.

Worth noting
• Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba drew his second start of the season Monday against the Giants in place of Wilin Rosario. Torrealba has caught left-hander Jorge De La Rosa both times.

• Giants manager Bruce Bochy on Monday reiterated his intent to find more playing time for rookie infielder Nick Noonan.

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