SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Ben Revere had two hits and two RBIs to highlight an eight-run first inning, and the surging Minnesota Twins tied a major league record by opening with eight consecutive hits against Madison Bumgarner in a 9-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Luke Hughes had a two-run single and four others had an RBI in the first to chase Bumgarner (3-9) before some fans even found their seats at cozy AT&T Park. The only out the left-hander recorded came when he struck out pitcher Carl Pavano swinging.
Pavano (5-5) scattered nine hits in eight innings to help Minnesota win its eighth straight. The Giants have lost five in a row and fell a half-game behind Arizona for first in the NL West.
Minnesota’s blazing start was as swift as it was stunning.
In the first eight batters, each single was followed by a double for the Twins. The hard-hit pitches came early in the count — 22 of Bumgarner’s 25 pitches were for strikes—and were sprayed in every direction.
Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young and Danny Valencia also had run-scoring hits in the opening inning. If not for Pavano batting in the NL park, Minnesota’s streak might have continued.
After Revere followed Pavano with a double, Bumgarner was replaced by Guillermo Mota, who tossed 4 2-3 scoreless innings and hit a double.
About the only bright spots for the defending World Series champions came far too late: Eli Whiteside homered in the seventh and Emmanuel Burriss hit an RBI single in the eighth to snap San Francisco’s 0-for-31 skid with runners in scoring position.
Bumgarner’s ERA for by far the worst start of his career was 216.00, and his season ERA went from 3.21 to 4.06 after starting the game with the third-worst run support in the NL.
San Francisco’s offensive woes this season also continued. The Giants have scored eight runs or more in five games all season.
So it was basically over before a Giants player came to the plate.
The last major league team to start a game with eight straight hits was the Chicago Cubs against Pittsburgh on Sept. 8, 2009, according to information the Elias Sports Bureau provided to the Giants. The Twins also were the first American League team to open with eight straight hits since the New York Yankees did it against Baltimore on Sept. 25, 1990.
NOTES: Giants LHP Barry Zito threw a two-hit shutout in a rehab start for Triple-A Fresno against Salt Lake. … Giants manager Bruce Bochy and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire have been friends since they were teammates for the New York Mets’ former Triple-A affiliate in Tidewater, Va., from 1981-82. Bochy even rented Gardenhire’s house in the summer of 1992 while managing Double-A Wichita. “He overcharged me,” Bochy said, chuckling. “He still won’t pay me back.” … Twins 1B Justin Morneau will have a cast removed from his left wrist on Friday or Saturday. … Twins closer Joe Nathan was scheduled to throw one inning on Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple-A Rochester.
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