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Streaking Bumgarner leads Giants to series win in Cincy

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- The San Francisco Giants bid goodbye to Cincinnati with high-fives. They haven't done that very often.

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win, and San Francisco beat the Reds 6-1 on Thursday afternoon, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in five years.

San Francisco moved a season-high 18 games over .500 with its 11th win in 14 games. The Giants have the best record in the majors at 39-21.

After making four errors in the series opener and falling 8-3, the Giants were reminded that they've had a tough time in Great American Ball Park the past several years. They won the next two games and moved on with smiles for a change.

"It's been a tough park for us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Gosh, between our defense and our pitching, we hadn't had a lot of success here. Of course we did bounce back at a critical time in 2012 [in the playoffs], but I know we've had some of our worst baseball here.

"So it was good, particularly after losing the first game the way we did, to bounce back and play the type of ball we did the next two days."

Cincinnati has been one of the Giants' most dreaded stops.

The Giants won a series in Cincinnati for the first time since Aug. 18-20, 2009. They had dropped 11 of 14 in Cincinnati during the regular season. The one bright moment was their division series win in Cincinnati in 2012, the starting point for their World Series title.

Bumgarner (8-3) gave up three hits in eight innings, including Todd Frazier's homer, and retired the final 16 batters he faced. He's 6-0 in his past seven starts, the best such streak of his career.

Michael Morse hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a three-run shot off Mike Leake (3-5), who had overwhelmed the Giants the previous four times he faced them.

Bumgarner was the NL's Pitcher of the Month in May and carried it into June with another stingy performance on the road. Bumgarner has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his past 20 road starts, a franchise record.

The Reds came out swinging and got two of their three hits in the first inning. Once Bumgarner saw what was happening, he changed his approach early in the count and got them hitting the ball on the ground.

"They came out aggressive," said Bumgarner, who retired 23 of the final 24 he faced. "After that first inning, when they came out swinging, I made some adjustments and the defense was phenomenal. They made a lot of good plays.

"Today was the best you can hope for, really. I got a lot of quick outs and got the team back in the dugout."

George Kontos retired the side in the ninth as the final 19 Reds went in order. Cincinnati didn't have a base runner after Frazier singled with two outs in the third inning.

They won the series by finally getting to Leake, who was 4-0 in his previous four starts against the Giants while allowing only three earned runs. Leake lasted only five innings and gave up eight hits, a walk and five runs.

Morse homered for the second straight game, connecting for his team-high 13th home run in the second inning. That ended Leake's streak of six straight starts without giving up a homer.

Crawford's seventh homer in the fourth inning was his first since May 21. The shortstop was in a 4-for-32 slump.

Pablo Sandoval singled three times and scored a pair of runs, improving to 11 for 17 career against Leake with two homers. Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to six games.

Frazier hit his team-high 12th homer in the first inning, his second homer in two games. He has a six-game hitting streak that includes three homers.

Notes

The Giants open a 10-game homestand against the Mets, Nationals and Rockies on Friday. Matt Cain (1-3) will be activated from the DL to face Jonathon Niese (3-3). ... The Reds continue their 10-game homestand against the Phillies, with Johnny Cueto (5-4) going against LHP Cole Hamels (1-3). ... Reds manager Bryan Price won a challenge in the third. Umpire Larry Vanover ruled that Brayan Pena pulled his foot off first base while reaching for a throw, leaving Buster Posey safe. The call was overturned on review. ... The Reds are undecided on whether RHP Mat Latos, who left a rehab start on Wednesday night after 67 pitches because of a calf cramp, will need to make one more start in the minors before he's activated.

 
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Michael Morse celebrates with Pablo Sandoval after hitting his team-leading 13th home run.  (USATSI)
Michael Morse celebrates with Pablo Sandoval after hitting his team-leading 13th home run. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Crawford
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3120200 .321
Hunter Pence, RF5010025 .290
Buster Posey, C5011021 .262
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5230002 .251
   Joaquin Arias, 3B0000000 .169
Michael Morse, 1B5112024 .286
Tyler Colvin, LF4110022 .259
Brandon Crawford, SS3113110 .236
Brandon Hicks, 2B3010121 .182
Madison Bumgarner, P4000033 .207
   George Kontos, P0000000 .000
Totals376116414  
Batting
HR - Michael Morse (13, Leake), Brandon Crawford (7, Leake)
RBI - Buster Posey (27), Michael Morse 2 (41), Brandon Crawford 3 (29)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (W,8-3) 8311051 2.68
George Kontos 1000010 0.90
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 106-70, George Kontos 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 12-7
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 27, George Kontos 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF4000010 .261
Todd Frazier, 3B4121010 .275
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010001 .270
Devin Mesoraco, C3000011 .324
Jay Bruce, RF3000011 .203
Chris Heisey, LF3000000 .230
Brayan Pena, 1B3000000 .269
Zack Cozart, SS3000010 .212
Mike Leake, P1000000 .120
   a-Ramon Santiago, PH1000010 .194
   Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   b-Ryan Ludwick, PH1000000 .247
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Totals3013106  
a-struck out for Leake in the 5th
b-lined out for Hoover in the 8th
Batting
HR - Todd Frazier (12, Bumgarner)
RBI - Todd Frazier (31)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Leake-B. Phillips-B. Pena
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake (L,3-5) 5855162 3.29
Sean Marshall 1.1211230 9.00
J.J. Hoover 1.2100130 4.78
Aroldis Chapman 1000020 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 79-52, Sean Marshall 33-20, J.J. Hoover 29-20, Aroldis Chapman 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 5-3
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 23, Sean Marshall 8, J.J. Hoover 7, Aroldis Chapman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25532
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gabe Morales, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Adrian Johnson