AT&T PARK — In the 102nd game of the season, Madison Bumgarner finally earned his first win as the San Francisco Giants blitzed the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.
“He did a nice job,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s good to get him on the board with a win. I can tell you this, I’m sure he’s glad to get that taken care of too.”
After supplying Bumgarner with just 12 runs in his first six starts, the Giants ambushed their guests for 10 runs in the opening four frames. In the rout, six different Giants drove in runs and eight of the starting nine hit safely.
Bumgarner sparked the club’s four-run fourth inning, lining a single to left — his first hit since returning from the disabled list — to begin the rally.
The left-handed ace worked five innings, surrendering a single run while scattering six hits and a walk and punching out four Pirates.
Once Bumgarner departed, Chris Stratton took the mound, throwing four innings of one-run ball to close out the win.
“We just had a real nice lead there,” Bochy explained. “Stratton was fresh [and] this was his start day in Sacramento. So he went five, that was far enough. We just had Chris piggy back him and finish the game and it couldn’t have worked out better, really.”chris strattonMadison BumgarnerMLBPittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco Giants