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Bumgarner Fans 12, Homers In Giants Win PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:24

Madison Bumgarner had a season-high 12 strikeouts and he helped his own cause as he belted his first Major League home run as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Houston Astros 6-3 Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
"I was definitely aware," Bumgarner said of the quiet reception he

received following his home run. "They've been giving me [grief] since about the first day here since I haven't hit one. I'd just about give up on it but I ran into one finally."
Bumgarner connected on a 2-1 pitch from Houston starter Bud Norris leading off the third inning. Bumgarner's blast was the first home run by any San Francisco player at AT&T Park since May 14. Bumgarner (8-4) struck out the side in the first, allowed an unearned run in the third following Brandon Crawford's two-out throwing error then kept the Astros in check before leaving in the eighth inning.
The left-hander reached double digits in strikeouts for the third time in his last five starts; he didn't walk anyone (the third time he's done that this season) and he retired 11 of the 13 men he faced before pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic singled to lead-off the eighth.
The win leaves the Giants (35-27) four-and-a-half games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West. The Dodgers (40-23) beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Tuesday night. Bumgarner will make his next scheduled start against at Seattle on Sunday against the Mariners.




Photo Courtesy: Madison Bumgarner, PHOTO SUBMITTED

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