Madison Bumgarner wins battle of aces against New York Mets righty Jacob deGrom

Madison Bumgarner has put up some of his best outings at Citi Field. He’s 4-0 there in four starts with 31 strikeouts during the regular season, and in 2016, threw a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out six in the National League Wild Card game.

Thursday’s tilt against Jacob deGrom added to that strong history. While it wasn’t quite to the level of his memorable performance in the Wild Card game, his eight innings of one-run ball were enough to carry the San Francisco Giants to a 3-1 win against deGrom and the New York Mets (56-71), securing a series split.

Bumgarner allowed just one run on five hits while striking out eight, and of the 29 batters he faced, only three came to the plate with a man in scoring position.

With men on first and second and two outs in the fourth, the red-hot Jeff McNeil lined out to end the threat. After Todd Frazier’s solo homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh cut the Giants’ lead to 2-1, Jose Bautista was hit by a pitch and McNeil singled, but Kevin Plawecki bounced into a double play and Bumgarner struck out Michael Conforto to end the inning.

As for deGrom, he struck out 10 over his six innings, but that came with four walks to accompany the four hits he surrendered. Steven Duggar manufactured the first run of the game in the top of the third as he walked, stole second, advanced to third on a Joe Panik groundout and scored on a passed ball. The visitors would strike again in the top of the fourth on Bumgarner’s first extra-base hit of the season as he stroked a double down the third-base line to score Austin Slater.

San Francisco (63-66) would get an insurance run in the top of the eighth when Evan Longoria hit his second home run of the series and 14th of the year, tying him for the team lead with a solo shot off Tyler Bashlor.

Will Smith recorded his 11th save, issuing a two-out walk to Bautista but striking out McNeil to end the game.

The Giants will now return home for a nine-game homestand against the Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and these Mets, completing the entire season series against New York’s NL club in just two weeks.

Ethan Kassel

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