SAN FRANCISCO — Once again, Madison Bumgarner practically put on a one-man show.
Bumgarner gave up one run over seven innings and scored one himself, crushing a solo homer that was the first run in a 2-1 Giants win. The Giants have taken the first two games of this series and 10 of their last 11.
Bumgarner took Chris Bassitt deep in the third inning, picking up his third homer of the year and the ninth of his career. Seven of those homers have come in the last two seasons, and during that time frame all other MLB pitchers have combined for just 20 homers.
The A’s came back with a run in the fourth, but Joe Panik doubled in the sixth and scored on Matt Duffy’s two-out single to right.
Starting pitching report: Bumgarner had failed to get past the sixth inning in each of his last three starts and he needed 71 pitches to get through four frames Saturday. He settled in, though, and ended up throwing 101 pitches in seven innings.
Bullpen report: Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless eighth for his 21st hold.
At the plate: Bumgarner became the first opposing pitcher to homer off the Athletics since Dave McNally of the Orioles took Ken Holtzman deep in 1972 (stat via David Feldman).
In the field: Brandon Belt used every inch of his 6-foot-5 frame to snag Marcus Semien’s would-be double in the fifth inning. Per FanGraphs, Belt is second in the big leagues with seven Defensive Runs Saved at first base. Only Paul Goldschmidt has been better.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 42,162 human beings. Giants fan Steph Curry did not attend.
Up next: Tim Hudson won 92 games for the Oakland A’s. He has never won a game against the Oakland A’s. He’ll try to do it Sunday.