San Francisco Giants

Madison Bumgarner Nearly Perfect in Giants' Victory Over Padres

Madison Bumgarner carried a perfect game into the eighth Saturday night, but allowed a single with four outs to go, as the Giants beat the Padres 8-0.

After so many close calls, Bumgarner looked poised to add another historic achievement to a resume that may put him in the Hall of Fame years from now. He retired the first 23 Padres he faced on Saturday night before pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. poked a single up the middle with two outs in the eighth.

Bumgarner settled for his third career one-hitter as the Giants beat the Padres 8-0 at AT&T Park. He became the second player in the majors to reach 18 wins and the first in the National League to pitch a fourth complete game.

Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres each of the past two seasons, and Bumgarner showed the right stuff early. He struck out three the first time through the order, getting the first nine outs on 40 pitches. The Padres went down quickly in the fourth, but Bumgarner gave up some hard contact a frame later.

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