Bumgarner steers Giants to 6-1 victory
AP Thursday, August 16, 2012, 1:13 am TWN
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game, steering the Giants to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals in Tuesday's clash of National League title contenders.
Bumgarner (13-7) struck out six and walked one in his second complete game this season.
Brandon Belt had three hits and three RBIs for the Giants, who bounced back from the previous day's 16-1 thrashing at the hands of the Nationals.
National League ERA leader Jordan Zimmermann (9-7) took the loss, ending a six-game winning streak, despite only allowing two runs.
Dodgers 11, Pirates 0 In Pittsburgh, Los Angeles' Chad Billingsley pitched eight scoreless innings as the Dodgers matched their highest-scoring game of the season, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 in the National League on Tuesday.
Billingsley (9-9) won his fifth consecutive start, allowing no runs and one walk. He improved to 7-1 in his career against the Pirates.
The Dodgers have won five of six, pushing them to the top of the NL West. Pittsburgh has lost five of six.
Luis Cruz tied career highs for hits and RBIs with three each as Los Angeles beat the Pirates for the eighth straight time, dating to last season.
Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia (9-7) took the loss. Going in, he had won seven straight decisions, tied for the longest active streak in the majors.
Reds 3, Mets 0 In Cincinnati, Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, and Cincinnati on its fourth game in a row, beating New York.
The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected.
Brandon Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Manny Acosta (1-3). Ryan Ludwick followed with single that sent Phillips to second, setting up Bruce's winning shot.
Reds reliever Jose Arredondo (5-2) wound up with the win. In all, the clubs stranded a total of 24 runners on base.
Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 2 In St. Louis, rookie Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start for some time, guiding St. Louis to victory over Arizona.
Kelly (3-5) gave up two runs in 6-1/3 innings and matched his career best with six strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.41 — trailing only Kyle Lohse's 2.72 in the rotation. However Jaime Garcia is soon due back from injury, ending Kelly's run as a starter.
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