SAN FRANCISCO — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner wanted to waste a two-strike curveball in front of Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau. He left the ball up just enough for Morneau to get a piece of it — the only mistake on an otherwise memorable night for the San Francisco left-hander.
Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts, and the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
The two-time all-star retired the first 21 batters before Morneau doubled down the right-field line to end the bid for perfection. That was the only base runner Bumgarner (15-9) gave up. He fanned the next three hitters.
His 103-pitch gem kept the Giants in a wild-card spot. It’s Bumgarner’s third career shutout and sixth complete game. He also became the first pitcher in franchise history with six games of 10-plus strikeouts with no walks.
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