Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Barmes, Morton Spark Win Pirates 3, Giants 1

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Barmes, Morton Spark Win Pirates 3, Giants 1

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SAN FRANCISCO --There was no opportunity for the Pirates to go to town on the San Francisco Giants' middle relievers Friday night like they did Thursday. If they were to accomplish anything, they would have to do so against Madison Bumgarner.

Once Bumgarner takes the mound, he doesn't leave for a while.

And for six innings Bumgarner controlled the Pirates. He allowed four singles and a walk and only one runner reached second base. Then, Clint Barmes upended Bumgarner's outing.

Barmes' three-run home run in the seventh gave the Pirates a 3-1 win against the Giants at AT&T Park and, for one more day at least, kept them in front of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division. The Pirates won for the fourth time in their past five games, coinciding with the start of their West Coast trip.

Charlie Morton saw Bumgarner's performance and matched it. He worked efficiently, forcing 12 ground-ball outs. In 72/3 innings. Morton (5-3) allowed one run on seven hits and only two flyouts. He walked one and struck out three.

Gaby Sanchez and Josh Harrison both singled in the seventh. Neil Walker, who entered the game with a .490 on-base plus slugging percentage batting right-handed, bunted against the left-handed Bumgarner for the second time in the game. It didn't matter because Barmes' homer cleaned the bases.

Barmes somehow golfed a 1-1 slider over the wall in left for his fourth home run. In addition to Bumgarner, Barmes has homered against Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey and Lance Lynn this season.

Bumgarner had pitched five innings in his previous start. A rain delay in the start before that prematurely ended his outing at four innings. In 10 starts from June 14 to Aug. 7, he pitched at least seven innings. He has gone seven in 15 of his 25 starts.

That didn't change Friday. Bumgarner (11-8) completed eight innings and allowed seven hits. …

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