Final Score: San Francisco 8, Minnesota 1
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Morse knocked in four runs and
Madison Bumgarner turned in a gem on the mound as the San Francisco Giants
finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with an 8-1 rout at
Morse recorded a career-high three doubles to lead San Francisco's offensive
barrage, while Bumgarner (6-3) racked up 10 strikeouts and yielded a mere
three hits over seven innings of one-run ball to post his fourth consecutive
Hunter Pence also had three hits, including a solo homer, and Gregor Blanco
went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the Giants' seventh straight interleague win
dating back to last season.
"We play together. On paper we may not be the best team, but I'd put us
against anybody," Bumgarner said.
San Francisco battered Ricky Nolasco (2-5) for seven runs and nine hits before
the Twins starter was lifted after just 4 2/3 innings.
Danny Santana finished with two of Minnesota's four hits.
"We'll go home and get right back after it against the Rangers," Twins manager
Ron Gardenhire said.
The Giants came swinging right out of the gate, with Blanco, Buster Posey and
Pablo Sandoval all delivering first-inning singles to produce the game's
initial run and Morse quickly making it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly that scored
Minnesota closed the gap in the third, which Eduardo Escobar and Santana
began with back-to-back singles to set up Brian Dozier's sac fly, but
never threatened again as San Francisco slowly pulled away.
Pence's sixth homer of the season extended the lead to 3-1 after three innings
and Morse led off the fourth with a double prior to being brought in on a
groundout and Brandon Crawford's sac fly.
The Giants then broke it open in the fifth, with Nolasco getting in danger by
issuing a leadoff walk to Bumgarner that preceded singles by Blanco and Pence
that loaded the bases.
Nolasco was able to strike Posey out looking and get Sandoval to pop up to
short left field, but Morse's hard grounder down the third-base line got past
a diving Trevor Plouffe and rolled to the wall to clear the sacks and stake
San Francisco to a 7-1 advantage.
Morse's third double followed a Sandoval single in the eighth and came in
front of Tyler Colvin's groundout that brought in the Giants' final run.
San Francisco's seven-game interleague win streak matches a franchise record
set from June 22-July 2, 2011 ... Bumgarner is on his longest unbeaten stretch
since winning five consecutive decisions in June of 2012 ... Nolasco is now
1-3 with an 8.63 ERA in six road starts this season ... The Giants announced
before the game that Matt Cain will not make his scheduled start on Monday due
to a right hamstring strain, with Yusmeiro Petit to face the Cubs in his
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