Bumgarner pitches 1-hit gem, Giants blank Diamondbacks 4-0

He gave the Giants a lead they never relinquished, and nearly was a footnote in a game that specialized in anomalies. The Giants went 29-8 in their starts, a main reason they enter the All-Star break with the majors' best record at 57-33.

Brandon Crawford drove in three runs and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle, Jeff Samardzija overcame a shaky first inning to win and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday night.

"I laughed", Posey said.

"Craw came out of nowhere", Bochy said. "The line just did a great job there". Three runs is enough to win most games for us.

The Giants' bullpen, which began the day tied with Cincinnati with a major league-worst 17 blown saves, combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Santiago Casilla pitched around an extra-base hit in the ninth while recording his 21 save in 25 chances. He has a 4.81 ERA this year with a 1.56 WHIP.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Max Kepler hit Minnesota's first grand slam this season, one of four homers for the Twins. A lot of it is feeling themselves out.

San Francisco was attempting to become the first team with no-hitters in five consecutive seasons.

After fooling opposing pitcher Archie Bradley with a curve in the third inning, Bumgarner went slider, curveball, slider to strike out the top of the order in the fourth. San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game on Sunday, July 10, 2016, in San Francisco.

After Lamb's single in the eighth, Bumgarner got Brandon Drury to ground into an inning-ending double play. The right-hander allowed two runs over seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale was ejected in the fifth. "The guys in that room are taking responsibility". Oh, Buster Posey also somehow threw a ball into Jake Peavy's glove with Peavy looking the other way. "Well, I say no question".

San Francisco Giants' Grant Green throws too late to get Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschm ...

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Grienke (left oblique strain) is feeling better but has not started playing catch.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain will make one more rehab start in the minors before rejoining the big league club.

Quietly holding down the fort at second base for a concussed Joe Panik, Green lent one steady swing of the bat, a go-ahead two-run bomb, to secure the Giants' 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks in an otherwise bloop-tastic game. INF Chris Owings (left foot plantar fasciitis) and OF David Peralta (low back sprain) took batting practice before the game.

The 5 p.m. start draped the infield in shadows and Bumgarner took advantage of the tough conditions, feeding the Diamondbacks a steady stream of sweeping breaking balls.

Brandon Belt walked four times and scored for the Giants after earlier in the day being voted by fans to fill the final spot on the NL roster for next week's All-Star Game.


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