Tim Lincecum was not thinking straight. His body was swimming in adrenaline that made him go, go, go, pitch after pitch, 148 in all.

When Yonder Alonso hit the easy fly to left that ended the 15th no-hitter in Giants history Saturday night, Lincecum was ready to pitch some more.

Buster Posey knocked the reality into Lincecum by charging from the plate and grabbing the 29-year-old pitcher from behind in a bear hug, and hoisting him in the air as Gregor Blanco squeezed the flyball to end the Giants' 9-0 victory.

"I wasn't thinking it was the last out at the end of the no-hitter," Lincecum said long after the truth set in. "I was just running on adrenaline the last couple of innings. My mind kept wanting to go into pitching mode."

Then came the dog pile, the joy and Ryan Vogelsong charging toward him with a big red water bucket. That huge splash, later replicated in the clubhouse with Champagne, doused any notion that Lincecum's days as an impact starting pitcher are over.

Eleven nights after the Giants were no-hit by the Reds' Homer Bailey, Lincecum was as dominating as ever in his first no-no since high school.

He struck out 13 for the first time since 2011, including six in a row from the second to fourth innings. He also walked four. It was easy for the 40,342 fans, including thousands in black and orange, to transport their minds back to Lincecum's Cy Young days.

"He had that eye-of-the-tiger look," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Good for Timmy. He's had to deal with a lot for a couple of years. Now he's part of history. I couldn't be happier for him."

Neither could Hunter Pence, who stamped his imprimatur all over this historic feat. He drove in five runs for the first time with the Giants with a groundball, a three-run triple and his 14th home run.

But that was not the half of it.

After Pablo Sandoval saved the no-hitter in the seventh by ranging far behind third base to field a Jesus Guzman groundball and throw to first for the third out, Pence saved it with two outs in the eighth when he raced in, lunged and caught Alexi Amarista's sinking line drive, the closest the Padres got to a hit.

Pence popped into the air like a jack-in-the-box as Lincecum raised his fist and pumped it repeatedly.

"That was really special," Lincecum said. "To be honest with you, I thought that was a hit off the bat. Hunter comes flying in out of nowhere and makes the Superman catch. It was hard not to feed off the excitement that that caused."

Pence always plays at that speed, but he felt an even greater obligation to charge that baseball.

"At that point, you've got to have all your chips in," he said. "Any ball that's close you're going to lay out for."

Lincecum's biggest enemy was not the Padres, but pitch count. His high this season had been 114. He had that after seven innings, and 131 after eight. His previous career high was 138.