The San Francisco Giants picked up a win behind the one pitcher that they seem to consistently win behind: Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner continued his stretch of seven-inning outings. Thursday night’s win against the Padres marked the sixth consecutive time that he’s pitched seven innings and given up less than two runs.
Bumgarner gave up the two runs right out of the gate. He allowed back-to-back singles to Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley before Carlos Quentin slapped a double into right field. Bumgarner intentionally walked Jesus Guzman, and Kyle Blanks’ RBI groundout made it 2-0.
But the young southpaw would settle in after his rocky first inning. He didn’t allowed another hit until the sixth inning, when Quentin singled with two outs. Bumgarner promptly struck out Guzman to stand the runner on second.
The Giants were again scuffling on offense, riding Pablo Sandoval’s home run as their only support for Bumgarner.
Brandon Belt’s two-out double in the second was wasted. Buster Posey grounded out in the third with runners on first and third. Two singles by Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro set the stage for that missed opportunity.
Kensuke Tanaka evened the score at 2-2 with an RBI single in sixth, but the big break through came in the eighth.
Again fueled by Tanaka, the Giants scored two runs to break the tie. Tanaka led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on Brandon Crawford’s groundout. Pinch-hitting for Bumgarner, Tony Abreu got hit by Luke Gregerson’s slider at his foot. Gregor Blanco’s ensuing ground rule double bounced into the seats, allowing one run to score.
Abreu’s base-running blunder cost the Giants an out, but Posey pulled Gregerson’s slider down the left field line to score Blanco.
Sergio Romo pitched a clean ninth inning, and the Giants’ four-game losing streak was snapped.