PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner threw seven stellar innings to beat his former team for the first time and the Arizona Diamondbacks knocked off the first-place San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Bumgarner (6-6) was pitching against the Giants for the second time since joining the Diamondbacks on an $85 million, five-year deal before the 2020 season. The 32-year-old helped San Francisco win three World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and he was the 2014 World Series MVP.
He hasn't had nearly as much success with the D-backs, though he's pitched better of late, including on Tuesday. The big lefty gave up just six hits and a walk while striking out four.
The Giants scored their only run against Bumgarner on Curt Casali's solo homer in the fifth.
The Diamondbacks jumped ahead 3-0 in the second on Nick Ahmed's RBI double and Asdrúbal Cabrera's two-RBI double. Christian Walker and Ahmed each had two hits.
Arizona's Tyler Gilbert — making his big-league debut — pitched a scoreless eighth while striking out two.
Tyler Clippard handled the ninth for his second save of the season. He allowed a one-out double to Donovan Solano, but struck out Mike Yastrzemski and retired Steven Duggar on a flyout to secure the win.
San Francisco starter Johnny Cueto (7-6) gave up three runs, including two earned, over five innings. The right-hander gave up six hits, four walks and struck out seven. He needed 100 pitches to navigate the five innings.
A rare play happened in the second when the Giants looked like they were called for a balk.
The weird part was that the perpetrator wasn't Cueto — it was Casali.
Casali blocked a pitch in the dirt and then home plate umpire Chris Guccione ruled that Casali used his mask to stop the ball from rolling, which is not allowed. It was officially ruled an error.
Casali and manager Gabe Kapler briefly argued to no avail. Ahmed and Bumgarner were allowed to advance from first and second to second and third. Both Diamondbacks later scored on Cabrera's double.
Arizona native and Olympic bronze medalist Jagger Eaton threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Eaton took home the bronze in skateboarding in the men's street competition last week in Tokyo.
The Diamondbacks brought Gilbert up from Triple-A Reno and sent LHP Miguel Aguilar back to the minors.
The Diamondbacks will send RHP Zac Gallen (1-5, 4.61 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday for the third of a four-game series. The Giants will counter with All-Star RHP Kevin Gausman (9-5, 2.35).
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David Brandt, The Associated Press