SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum is still pitching like an ace even when he has nothing to show for it. Thats the kind of year its been for the Freak and his defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.NL Cy Young Award contender Clayton Kershaw outdueled two-time winner Lincecum, pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll drove home the go-ahead run in the ninth and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent the Giants another game further from a return trip to the playoffs with a 2-1 victory Friday night.Were not trying to just sink, said Lincecum, who last fall pitched San Francisco to the citys first championship by winning Game 5 of the World Series at Texas. Its not like anyone has given up by any means. This game is just as important at any game, its just for a different cause.Time is running out.The Giants fell to 8 1/2 games back of first-place Arizona in the NL West with 18 to play after the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 3-2. And the surging Dodgers are suddenly making a push for second place.Rod Barajas singled to start the ninth against Santiago Casilla (2-2) and former Giant Eugenio Velez came in to pinch-run. Justin Sellers sacrificed him to second and Velez moved to third on a wild pitch. Second baseman Jeff Keppinger then threw home on Carrolls grounder but a sliding Velez just beat the tag by catcher Eli Whiteside.Kershaw (18-5) allowed three hits, one unearned run, struck out nine and walked one in eight strong innings, allowing only Pablo Sandovals first-inning RBI single.Hes not ready to crown himself the Cy Young winner. Arizonas Ian Kennedy won his NL-best 19th game Thursday.Three more starts hopefully three more wins. And call it, Kershaw said. And then look back after that. No disrespect to Timmy. Hes an awesome pitcher. I dont care who I get a win against. A win is a win.Javy Guerra got three straight groundouts for his 17th save in 18 chances.Aaron Miles and Matt Kemp each had two hits. Kemp also stole second in the eighth after he nubbed a grounder about 20 feet up the third-base line, setting up Juan Riveras tying single. Tony Gwynn Jr. entered to pinch run. Miles then singled and Giants manager Bruce Bochy paid Lincecum a mound visit before leaving him in to face Jerry Sands. Lincecum struck him out swinging for his sixth K.The Dodgers rallied late to win for the 14th time in 16 games and ninth in 11. Los Angeles has won five straight series, while San Francisco has failed to win in seven straight home series at sold-out AT