The San Francisco Giants took over top spot in the NL West after an impressive pitching display by Madison Bumgarner led them to 5-0 shutout home win over the high-flying Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
Bumgarner pitched the entire game and allowed just one hit, while striking out eight to bring up his 10th win of the season.
It was a franchise record fourth straight shutout victory for the Giants which, coupled with a Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 loss to the New York Mets, gave them sole possession of their division lead.
San Francisco (44-33), fresh off a three-game sweep of the Dodgers, raced to a 2-0 lead in the first inning over the NL Central-leading Reds (41-34). Further runs came in the sixth, where Bumgarner gave up his only hit, and two more in the seventh.
METS 3, DODGERS 2
In Los Angeles, David Wright hit a solo homer and RBI double as New York sent Los Angeles to their fifth straight loss.
The Dodgers ended their 33-inning scoreless drought in the fourth, but couldn’t break through against the Mets’ bullpen and dropped from the top of the NL West.
Mets starter Chris Young (2-1) allowed two runs in 6-1/3 innings, striking out six and walking none. Bobby Parnell, getting his first save opportunity since closer Frank Francisco was injured, pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the year.
LA starter Chris Capuano (9-3) gave up three runs in seven innings.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2
‧ Pirates 5, Phillies 4
‧ Rockies 11, Nationals 10 (11)
‧ Padres 7, Astros 3
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Chicago’s Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning after a throwing error, lifting the White Sox to a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees in Thursday’s clash of AL divisional leaders.
New York pitcher Clay Rapada’s wild toss to second base on a potential double-play ball set up the White Sox. With closer Rafael Soriano not available after pitching the past two games, the Yankees had their five-game winning streak ended.
New York came close to responding in the bottom of the ninth, but Derek Jeter’s long hit — with a man on base — was caught by right fielder Alex Rios with his back against the wall for the final out.
Chicago’s Hector Santiago (2-1) took the win, while Viciedo’s homer came off David Robertson (0-2).
ANGELS 9, BLUE JAYS 7
In Toronto, rookie Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run homers and Alberto Callaspo added a solo shot as Los Angeles beat the Blue Jays.
Trout had two hits and raised his AL-leading average to .345. The Angels have won 14 of their past 15 road games.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit his major league-best 26th homer, a three-run drive in the fifth. It wasn’t enough as the last-place Blue Jays slumped to their third straight defeat.
Los Angeles starter Dan Haren (6-7) allowed seven hits in six innings.
The Blue Jays’ Brett Cecil (1-1) took the loss.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Indians 7, Orioles 2
‧ Rangers 7, Athletics 6
‧ Tigers 5, Rays 2
‧ Mariners 1, Red Sox 0