Tim Lincecum has one start remaining in the regular season – one more chance to assemble his rhythm and his confidence like a tax return, with all documents in the proper order.

He has received so many supporting statements from Bruce Bochy over this checkered season. But the Giants manager could not play off the wreck of a start he observed in a 7-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night.

"It was obvious from the beginning, from the first hitter, that he was out of sorts," said Bochy, who pulled Lincecum two batters into the fifth inning with the Giants trailing 5-1. "He's been throwing well. This is one he's got to put behind him. He just couldn't find his rhythm out there tonight."