Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Giants win thriller in ninth

NEW YORK — Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter in his latest postseason gem, Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer off Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning and the Giants beat the defending NL champion Mets 3-0 Wednesday night in the wild-card game.

Trying to follow their World Series titles in 2010, '12 and '14, the Giants open the NL Division Series on Friday at the best-in-the-majors Cubs.

Bumgarner has pitched 23 straight scoreless innings in winner-take-all postseason games — all on the road — after a four-hitter at Pittsburgh in the 2014 wild-card game and five innings of relief at Kansas City to save Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

The left-hander is 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 15 career postseason games. He has never allowed a hit with runners in scoring position on the road in his postseason career (0-for-24).

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth. Addison Reed escaped bases-loaded trouble in the eighth.

Brandon Crawford doubled leading off the ninth against Familia, who walked Joe Panik with one out.

Gillaspie — in the lineup only because regular third baseman Eduardo Nunez was hurt — took a 96 MPH sinker for a strike and a 96 MPH sinker for a ball, then blasted a 96 MPH sinker to right-centerfield.

Familia had faced 321 batters in the regular season and allowed one home run, to the Padres' Wil Myers on Aug. 13.

The Giants have won nine straight postseason games when facing elimination, passing the Royals for the longest streak in postseason history.

BEER-THROWING FAN: Major League Baseball has spoken with the Blue Jays about banning cans from the seats at Rogers Centre and wants officials in Canada to prosecute the fan who threw a beer at Orioles lefttfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning Tuesday. Toronto Police released a photo of the fan suspected of throwing the can.

GOOD LUCK CHARM: Drake LaRoche, the son of former Nationals star Adam LaRoche, will throw out the first pitch before Saturday's Game 2 of the Dodgers-Nationals series in Washington. This spring, Adam LaRoche left the White Sox over a dispute about how much time his teenage son could spend in the clubhouse.

NATS INJURY: Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy won't say whether he'll be ready for Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Friday. Murphy hasn't started since Sept. 17 because of a strained muscle in his buttocks.

GOMES RETURNS: Catcher Yan Gomes is on the Indians' postseason roster after making a stunning recovery from a broken hand suffered Sept. 14.

AROUND THE MAJORS: Brad Ausmus will return for a fourth season as Tigers manager after the team announced it was exercising the 2017 option on his contract. … Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds was fired along with third-base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius. … Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will have surgery on his troublesome right knee.

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