Bumgarner keys Giants’ win over Nats
WASHINGTON – Travis Ishikawa drove in three runs, rookie Madison Bumgarner took a shutout into the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Sunday.
Buster Posey had two RBIs for the Giants, who finished their season-high 11-game road trip 7-4. San Francisco has won seven of nine overall.
On the road trip, Ishikawa was 11 for 29 (.379) with a homer and 10 RBIs.
Bumgarner (2-2) allowed a run and seven hits in six-plus innings, walked none and struck out six to win his second consecutive start.
The Nationals finished the first half by losing three of four. They are 11 games under .500, matching a season low.
Washington’s Livan Hernandez (6-5) struggled through five innings, yielding five runs and five hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Brian Wilson got the final four outs for his 23rd save in 25 tries.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the first when Hernandez loaded the bases on an infield single by Aaron Rowand and one-out walks to Aubrey Huff and Posey before Ishikawa knocked a two-run single to right.
In the third, Posey tripled home two runs, then scored on Ishikawa’s sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead.
Freddy Sanchez and Huff singled before Posey was credited with a triple when Nyjer Morgan misplayed his fly ball off the center-field wall. Ishikawa then flied out to center, scoring Posey.
Bumgarner worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. He exited after allowing Ian Desmond’s leadoff single in the seventh and San Francisco needed three relievers to get out of the inning.
Chris Ray walked pinch-hitter Willie Harris and Cristian Guzman hit a one-out RBI single to center. Ray walked Ryan Zimmerman to load the bases and was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt. Adam Dunn singled off Affeldt’s left leg, driving in a run, and Sergio Romo came in. Romo fanned Josh Willingham on three pitches and got Rodriguez to fly deep to center.
Juan Uribe added an RBI single off Drew Storen in the seventh for a 6-2 Giants lead.
NOTES: Before the game, a moment of silence was held to honor longtime Yankees public address Bob Sheppard, who died Sunday at 99. Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard, who broke in with the Yankees in 2007, said, “That voice is what being a Yankee was all about.” … A baserunning mistake by Dunn saved Giants CF Rowand from an error in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Rodriguez singled up the middle and a charging Rowand overran the ball. However, Dunn held up at third base, instead of scoring on the miscue, and Willingham, en route to third, had to quickly retreat to second.
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