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Giants notch fourth straight shutout for first time


Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants slides into home past the Cincinnati Reds’ Ryan Hanigan in the first inning in San Francisco on Thursday.

Photo: AFP


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.


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



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).


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

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