The San Francisco Giants dismantled the Atlanta Braves 10-1 Saturday afternoon behind a dominate performance by Madison Bumgarner.
The Giants lefty had a clean top of the first throwing just 12 pitches in the inning.
Braves starter Paul Maholm retired the first two Giants batters before facing Pablo Sandoval, who homered on a 3-2 count giving the Giants a quick 1-0 lead.
The game remained 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth as Buster Posey led off with a walk and moved to second on a Hunter Pence single. Francisco Peguero grounded into a double play and Guillermo Quiroz walked keeping the inning alive. With runners on first and third, Brandon Crawford doubled home Posey extending the Giants lead to 2-0.
Left fielder Evan Gattis doubled leading off the top of the fifth before Bumgarner struck out the next batter. Center fielder B. J. Upton walked and Bumgarner threw a wild pitch during catcher Gerald Laird's at-bat, allowing both runners to advance. Laird struck out and Maholm helped his own cause smacking an RBI single cutting the Giants lead to 2-1. That was the only run Bumgarner yielded in the fifth.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Marco Scutaro tripled and Sandoval was hit by a pitch. Posey doubled home Scutaro and Pence was intentionally walked loading the bases for pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco. The Braves made a pitching change bringing in Cory Gearrin and Blanco blew the game wide open, drilling an RBI double scoring all three runners. The Giants scored four runs in the inning increasing their lead to 6-1.
Pence led off the bottom of the eighth with a double and was brought home on a triple by Blanco. Quiroz doubled home Blanco and the Braves made another pitching change. Jordan Walden was summoned in and struck out Crawford. Joaquin Arias walked and Angel Pagan singled loading the bases for pinch-hitter Nick Noonan. Noonan struck out swinging and pinch-hitter Brandon Belt doubled home two more runs as the Giants erupted for another four spot in an inning. The Giants now led 10-1 and won for the second straight game.
Bumgarner was impressive on the day going seven innings allowing four hits, one run, two walks and a season-high 11 strikeouts throwing 112 pitches. It's the 10th time in his career he has recorded double digit strikeouts and improves his record to 4-1. Bumgarner earned his first win over the Braves in the regular season after defeating them back in Game 4 of the 2010 Division Series.
The Giants pounded out 14 hits on the day led by Scutaro, Pence, Blanco and Crawford, who each chipped in with two. Scutaro extended his hitting streak to 11-games and Blanco led the team with a career-high four RBI's. The Giants were 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
The 22-15 Giants go for a third straight win Sunday afternoon looking to win the series. Tim Lincecum (2-2) faces Kris Medlen (1-4) in the series finale with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm.
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