Giants, Bumgarner shut down Cardinals in opener

Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:10am EDT
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By Brett Wolf

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The road warriors of the San Francisco Giants, led by their ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner, beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 to claim the opening game in the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

Bumgarner pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven, and got all the support he needed when the Giants scored two runs in the second and another in the third off the Cardinals' top starter, Adam Wainwright.

It was the Giants' seventh consecutive postseason road win and Bumgarner put his name in the record books by extending his scoreless playoff road streak to 26 and two-thirds innings, overtaking a 90-year-old mark of 23 innings set by New York Giants hurler Art Nehf in 1924.

Sergio Romo finished up the eighth and Santiago Casilla

retired the Cardinals in order in the ninth to claim the save.

"He executed all night against a tough lineup," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner. "What a great job he did. This guy is one of the best left-handers in the game. He got us off to a great start tonight with his effort."

Bumgarner, 25, had no explanation for his road dominance.

"I think it just happened to work out that way," he said. "I've just been lucky enough to have the ball bounce my way on the road."   Continued...

Oct 11, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning during game one of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Dilip Vishwanat/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports