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He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out three. McDonald (1-2) lowered his ERA to 7.66 from 10.13.
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"It feels like I got a monkey off my back with the first win," McDonald said. "I feel a little less stress now."
Bumgarner (0-4) remained winless despite allowing only one run and five hits in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He cut his ERA to 6.17 from 7.79, but the Giants lost for the fifth time in six games to fall below .500 at 11-12.
"I thought Madison did a great job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He kept his poise and stayed away from the crooked number that has killed him. It's tough to not get runs for him. It'd be big to get him his first win."
Mike Crotta, Joe Beimel, Chris Resop and Joel Hanrahan completed the five-hitter for Pittsburgh. Hanrahan recorded his seventh save in seven opportunities, getting Miguel Tejada to ground into a game-ending double play with runners on first and second.
The announced attendance was 9,048 the number of tickets sold but the actual turnstile count appeared much smaller. The crowd was held down because the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning were playing across town in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
The Penguins lost 1-0.
McDonald was tagged for eight runs in three innings at Florida in his previous start six days earlier. Pirates catcher Chris Snyder said the difference this time was that McDonald didn't rely as much on his fastball and threw more curveballs and changeups.
"He mixed it up really well," Snyder said. "He needed that start. He needed to get something going, something to give him confidence."
McDonald also got his ERA back into three digits after allowing 21 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings in his first four starts. However, against the Giants, McDonald looked more like the pitcher who went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 starts last season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the July 31 trading deadline.
"The best way to knock down an ERA is to put up zeros and that's exactly what James did," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He did a great job."
Bumgarner, like McDonald, was coming off a rough start as he allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings against Atlanta last Friday. While he did not get a win, Bumgarner believed he made progress.
"I felt smoother and worked out of some jams," he said. "I really was taking it one inning at a time instead of looking at the whole ballgame at once."
Walker scored the game's first run in the second inning when he singled off Bumgarner's glove, took third on Pearce's double and scored on Snyder's hit into center field. Tabata's two-out single to right field off Guillermo Mota in the seventh scored Brandon Wood, who had singled, and made it 2-0.
San Francisco's best scoring chance came in the second inning when it put runners on second and third with one out. However, McDonald got Tejada and Bumgarner to ground out to end the threat.
The Giants have scored just 14 runs in their last six games while hitting .188 with only one home run.
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.278|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Aubrey Huff, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.218|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.259|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.329|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.261|
|Cody Ross, RF||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.227|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.200|
|Madison Bumgarner, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|a- Nate Schierholtz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.242|
|Dan Runzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Bumgarner in the 7th|
|SH - Madison Bumgarner (1)|
|CS - Cody Ross (1, 2nd base by Crotta/Snyder)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Madison Bumgarner (L,0-4)||6||5||1||1||1||7||0||6.17|
|IBB - Wood by Madison Bumgarner|
|Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 97-64, Dan Runzler 9-7, Guillermo Mota 24-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 7-4, Dan Runzler 1-0, Guillermo Mota 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 24, Dan Runzler 3, Guillermo Mota 6|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.212|
|Jose Tabata, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.267|
|Matt Diaz, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.227|
|a- Garrett Jones, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.241|
|Neil Walker, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Steve Pearce, 1B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Mike Crotta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Beimel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- John Bowker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Snyder, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.323|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||2||4||.210|
|Brandon Wood, SS||2||1||1||0||1||0||2||.182|
|James McDonald, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||5||.125|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|a-struck out for Diaz in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Resop in the 8th|
|2B - Steve Pearce (1, Bumgarner)|
|RBI - Jose Tabata (6), Chris Snyder (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Tabata (3)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Wood-Walker-Pearce, Wood-Overbay|
|James McDonald (W,1-2)||6||4||0||0||4||3||0||7.66|
|Mike Crotta (H,2)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|Joe Beimel (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.86|
|Chris Resop (H,2)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.35|
|Joel Hanrahan (S,7)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - James McDonald 98-57, Mike Crotta 5-3, Joe Beimel 6-4, Chris Resop 20-14, Joel Hanrahan 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 6-8, Chris Resop 1-2, Joel Hanrahan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - James McDonald 25, Mike Crotta 1, Joe Beimel 1, Chris Resop 4, Joel Hanrahan 4|
|Attendance - 9048|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Al Porter|