PHILADELPHIA -- Madison Bumgarner smiled and shook his head. His expression said it all.
"It was different for sure," he said. "It would have been tough to throw much better and to find yourself giving up five runs shows how this game is. It's a crazy game. I'll definitely take throwing like that any day. The whole game, really, the stuff was great, the command was great. There were a couple of bad misses but for the most part even the balls were good misses."
Bumgarner was as sharp as he's been all year while throwing 78 of 98 pitches for strikes over eight innings of a 7-5 win over the Phillies. He sat at 94 mph with his fastball, but one of those rockets was left over the middle of the plate in the fourth and Jeff Francoeur hit it out to left with the bases loaded. A bouncer up the middle, a bloop and a hit-by-pitch had loaded the bases against Bumgarner, who threw just two balls while getting through the first three innings on just 24 pitches.
"Strange game," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I mean, he threw well. A couple of hiccups, but it's hard to believe he gave up five runs the way he threw."
This ordinarily may have been a day that left an awful taste with Bumgarner, but he was able to laugh it off because of one simple fact: The Giants, thanks to six early runs, still won.
"If we win 7-5 I'll take it," he said. "The numbers might not be too sexy-looking, but it's about winning games not putting up numbers."
He helped on that end, getting two hits and an RBI on a day the Giants had 12 hits and could have done significantly more damage. They led 6-0 and had left five on base when Francoeur took Bumgarner deep. In the dugout, Bochy saw a pitcher who was steaming on the mound.
"It kind of ticked him off," Bochy said. "It seemed like it spurred him a little bit."
Bumgarner retired 11 of 12 after the homer and the one Phillie to reach base was wiped out by a double play. Six of his season-high 11 strikeouts came during that stretch and he whiffed two more looking in the eighth before giving way to Santiago Casilla. Bumgarner did give up a second homer in the eighth but he equaled that with an RBI single.
"He got that tack-on run that I thought was huge in this ballpark," Bochy said. "It's a good day for Madison."
--- Nori Aoki felt like he let the team down when he was too sick to start on Friday. "Taking care of your health is part of the game," he said through translator Kosuke Inaji. He bounced back in a big way, reaching base five times, three times on singles. Aoki joked that he "didn't want to lose to (Bumgarner) in hitting."
"He had quite a day, didn't he?" Bochy said. "He finds a way."
The big day raised Aoki's average on the road to an MLB-leading .407.
--- Joe Panik's hitting streak is a career-high-tying 11 games thanks to a first-inning single. Brandon Belt has reached base an MLB-best 21 straight games.
--- Some pre-game notes: Hunter Pence is expected to be fine by Tuesday, the first game in New York. Matt Cain will throw 50 pitches for Double-A Richmond on Tuesday. Jake Peavy will throw 70-ish for Triple-A Sacramento tonight.
--- Today was Jeremy Affeldt's birthday, and teammates spent much of the morning making jokes about how old he is. For the record, he turned 36. Did Bochy wish his lefty a happy birthday?
"You can't miss that day," Bochy said. "He'll let you know about it the rest of the year if you forget his birthday."