Bumgarner's arm, Gillaspie's homer lift Giants past Mets

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(The Sports Xchange) - Conor Gillaspie broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday as Madison Bumgarner threw a four-hit shutout as the Giants beat the New York Mets 3-0 in the NL wild-card game.

The Giants, who won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, advance to the National League Division Series against the Cubs, who are seeking their first championship since 1908. Game One is scheduled for Friday at Wrigley Field.

The Giants have won their last six win-or-go-home games dating back to the 2012 NLDS.

Bumgarner allowed two walks while striking out six and throwing 120 pitches, 79 for strikes. He has allowed one run in his past 30 postseason innings dating back to the start of the 2014 World Series.

In three appearances in winner-take-all postseason games, he has not allowed a run in 23 innings.

Bumgarner was one batter away from being lifted in the top of the ninth. Brandon Crawford led off with a double against losing pitcher Jeurys Familia. After Angel Pagan struck out, Joe Panik worked a walk to bring up Gillaspie, who was in the lineup because Eduardo Nunez has a hamstring injury.

With Jarrett Parker on deck to hit for Bumgarner, Gillaspie homered well beyond the right field fence. Third base coach Roberto Kelly was so excited, he was two-thirds of the way down the third base line when he exchanged high fives with Gillaspie.

Bumgarner then set the Mets down in order in the ninth.

He slapped his left hand into his glove as center fielder Denard Span caught the final out.   Continued...

 
Oct 5, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie (21) runs the bases after hitting a three run home run during the ninth inning  against the New York Mets in the National League wild card playoff baseball game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports