Aside from a few slips of the tongue, Tim Lincecum has been nearly perfect this postseason in his new role.

The Giants right-hander added yet another chapter of dominance out of the bullpen on Saturday night as he delivered 2 1/3 shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series.

Lincecum followed 5 2/3 scoreless innings from starter Ryan Vogelsong with three strikeouts and limited the Tigers to a walk. In 13 innings as a reliever this postseason, Lincecum has a 0.69 ERA and 17 strikeouts while allowing only three hits and two walks.

If the two-time Cy Young Award winner harbors any disappointment after he was removed from the rotation before the World Series, it hasn't surfaced in his performance.

The Giants send Matt Cain to the mound in Game 4 at 5:07 p.m. on Sunday against Detroit's Max Scherzer in search of their second World Series title in three seasons.

"The second we got that ring, it's like that taste for that next ring is just sitting right in your mouth the whole time," Lincecum said before he decided to reword his statement. "That sounds terrible. Let me rephrase that. It just leaves you wanting it even more, and if that means being a good teammate or being in the bullpen, I really don't care. I just want to win."