Adam LaRoche hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help lift the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
Madison Bumgarner (11-7) took a shutout into the eighth inning, but lost. He gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits in seven-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four.
With the bats scuffling, Bumgarner looks to continue his dazzling stretch as the Giants face the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.
The first-place Arizona Diamondbacks held off a late rally by the Giants for a 3-1 win Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The defending World Series champions must get back to work in a hurry if they want to hang around in an NL West that is still wide open.
The San Diego Padres got off to a good start against All-Star lefty Madison Bumgarner, scoring two runs on three hits in the first inning. They wouldn’t score again all night.
Pablo Sandoval hit his first home run since May 21, and All-Star Madison Bumgarner settled down to allow just four hits in seven innings as the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 Thursday night.
The defending World Series champions wasted another superb outing from Madison Bumgarner, who pitched into the eighth inning but made two ill-fated pitches to Los Angeles Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig that made the difference in a 3-1 loss Monday night.
Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig hit his seventh home run in 20 major league games and added a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning against Madison Bumgarner, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Gregor Blanco had a pinch hit, two-run triple in the seventh inning, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.