National League Game Summary - Houston at San Francisco
(Tuesday, June 12th)
Final Score: San Francisco 6, Houston 3
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Madison Bumgarner worked 7 2/3 fantastic
innings and blasted his first career home run Tuesday as the San Francisco
Giants topped the Houston Astros, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game set at
Bumgarner (8-4) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and no walks
while striking out a season-high 12 hitters to collect the win. Clay Hensley
allowed a run with two outs in the ninth, but Santiago Casilla got the final
out to nail down his 17th save of the season.
Brandon Belt ripped a two-run home run and Melky Cabrera added an RBI base hit
for the Giants, who lost two of three to the Texas Rangers over the weekend.
Brandon Crawford contributed a two-run single in the victory.
Brian Bixler drove in two runs and Jason Castro added an RBI double for the
Astros, who had taken two of three from the Chicago Cubs in their previous
Bud Norris (5-4) allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in 3 1/3
innings before leaving in the fourth due to a knee injury. He also had five
strikeouts in defeat.
The Astros opened the scoring with a run in the third inning. Jose Altuve
reached second on a throwing error by Crawford, stole third and scored on a
base hit to left by Bixler, but the Giants got the run right back in the home
half when Bumgarner led off the inning by crushing a fastball from Norris
over the wall in left to tie the game at one.
Buster Posey drew a leadoff walk in the San Francisco fourth. After Pablo
Sandoval fouled out, Nate Schierholtz and Belt coaxed back-to-back walks from
Norris to load the bases. Crawford then slapped a base hit up the middle that
brought home two runs to give the Giants the 3-1 lead.
San Francisco extended its lead to three in the seventh. Facing Astros
reliever Brandon Lyon, Gregor Blanco drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and
advanced to third when the throw from Castro wound up in center field. After
Ryan Theriot struck out, Cabrera picked up his teammate with a bloop single
into left to bring home Blanco.
Bixler doubled home Brian Bogusevic in the eighth to pull the Astros within
two, but Belt extended the Giants' lead to four in the home half of the inning
with a long homer to right off Wesley Wright which landed in McCovey Cove.
Castro doubled home Jordan Schafer with two outs in the ninth to cut the
deficit to three, but Casilla got pinch-hitter Brett Wallace to fly out to end
Prior to Tuesday's game, the Giants signed 2012 first-round draft pick Chris
Stratton...Belt's last home run came on September 27, 2011...San Francisco
went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and has posted a 24-12 record
this season when recording 2-or-more hits with runners in scoring position in
a game...The Giants committed one error on Tuesday and are now tied with the
Baltimore Orioles for the most errors in the majors (57)...Houston went 2-
for-7 with runners in scoring position.
06/13 02:05:36 ET
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