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Giants Lose Series to Nationals on Solo Shot



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    Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 7, 2016 in Washington, DC.

    The Giants had Alex Rodriguez’s press conference on in the clubhouse before Sunday’s game. On the flight to Miami, they should hold their own retirement ceremony.

    Getting “Cained” is a thing of the past. You can retire that term. Nobody suffers tougher losses these days than Madison Bumgarner, who gave up just two hits but took a 1-0 loss to Tanner Roark and the Nationals.

    Bumgarner has five complete-game losses in the past three seasons. The Giants allowed two hits or fewer and lost for the first time since Sept. 14, 2010, when Clayton Kershaw topped Barry Zito, 1-0.

    Bumgarner and Roark went about this duel in different ways. The Giants were busy against Roark, but couldn’t get the back-breaking hit. The first two batters reached in the third, but Denard Span and Brandon Belt sandwiched strikeouts around an Angel Pagan grounder. Buster Posey hit a leadoff double in the fourth but didn’t score. Third base coach Roberto Kelly held him up on Joe Panik’s single to center with two outs and Gregor Blanco followed with a groundout.

    Two more runners were left on in the fifth and a double play ended the sixth. The best chance to score off Roark came in the seventh, when a fielding error put two in scoring position with two down. Belt crushed a ball to center, but Ben Revere made a running basket catch 400 feet from the plate, robbing Belt of at least a two-run double. The first baseman slammed his helmet to the dirt in anger and it bounced into right field.

    On the other side, Bumgarner didn’t allow a hit in his first three innings. Anthony Rendon smashed a double to right with two outs in the fourth but the Nationals didn’t get another knock until the seventh. Two pitches after Belt’s 404-foot out, Ramos hit a 389-foot leadoff homer to right-center.

    Starting pitching report: Bumgarner threw 113 pitches on a warm day, allowing just four baserunners and striking out seven. Roark, one of the more underrated pitchers in the league, lowered his ERA to 2.88.

    Bullpen report: A weary group got the day off.

    At the plate: Bumgarner singled in his first at-bat and drew a walk in the seventh. In 12 second-half plate appearances, he has three hits and two walks.

    In the field: Revere has replaced Span, who once robbed the Giants of a win here with a diving catch in center field.

    Attendance: The Nationals announced a crowd of 32,790 human beings who hopefully didn’t see the Vine of that cyclist.


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