SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner will have to wait to add to his personal history book, but you get the sense he might not be waiting long.
As he has done with increased frequency over the last couple years, Bumgarner flirted with a no-hitter on Monday night at AT&T Park. This latest bid lasted until the seventh, when San Diego’s Justin Upton floated a single to shallow left while leading off the inning.
Bumgarner settled for 7 1/3 scoreless innings and the Giants beat the Padres 2-0, extending their winning streak at home to seven games and getting back to .500 (13-13) for the season.
Bumgarner was coming off a masterpiece in Los Angeles, and it was clear early on Monday that he had the stuff to take a serious run at history. The first inning was a long one — 19 pitches — thanks to Casey McGehee’s throwing error, but Bumgarner got through the second inning on just nine pitches and worked around a walk and a throwing error in the third.
Brandon Crawford kept the no-hit bid alive with a spectacular play in the third and Justin Maxwell went to the track in right to track down Tyson Ross’ long fly in the fifth. With one down in the sixth, Derek Norris hit a high fly to left that settled into Nori Aoki’s glove on the warning track.
The Padres have been no-hit by Tim Lincecum in each of the past two seasons, but Upton wasn’t on those teams. He broke up the no-hitter in the seventh, with a sellout crowd immediately giving Bumgarner a standing ovation. Yangervis Solarte followed with a second single but two strikeouts and a lazy fly to center ended the threat.
Starting pitching report: Remember all those concerns about Bumgarner’s arm after his heavy workload last October? Forget about them. The big lefty was sitting 93-95 mph with his fastball in the middle innings and had plenty of juice left over when the Padres tried to rally in the seventh. In his last two starts (against the Dodgers and Padres), Bumgarner has thrown 15 1/3 innings, given up seven hits and one run, walked two and struck out 15.
Bullpen report: The Padres loaded up on right-handed bats in the offseason. The Giants re-signed Sergio Romo. Advantage, Giants. Romo has faced five Padres this season and struck out four of them.
At the plate: This should have been a blowout early, but the Giants couldn’t cash in on several good opportunities. Still, they scored two runs in the third on Angel Pagan’s single and a bases-loaded walk of Maxwell.
In the field: It was Ross of all people who nearly broke up the no-hitter early, but Crawford made a diving stop of a hard grounder up the middle, jumped to his feet and made a strong throw to first to get the second out of the third inning. Ross, a good athlete, was running hard and would have at least had an infield hit against most shortstops.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,278 human beings, some of whom decided it was prudent to take to Twitter and complain about jinxes. Good times.
Up next: Ryan Vogelsong (0-2, 9.31) will try to get back on track after a disastrous start in Los Angeles, where he gave up three homers in the first inning. Vogelsong faces Andrew Cashner, the hard-throwing right-hander who has a 2.61 ERA but just a 1-4 record.