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Puig returns, but Giants beat Dodgers 7-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everything went right for Madison Bumgarner. He pitched well, the Giants provided him more than enough offense and they played strong defense behind him. The bullpen pitched in, too.

Bumgarner struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning, and the Giants got home runs from Michael Morse, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey in a 7-2 victory on Sunday.

"We've always had a good defensive team, and we're starting to swing the bats now," Bumgarner said. "So we're a pretty well-rounded team. Today the bullpen came in and did a great job, and the offense was unbelievable again. It's nice to have that kind of support. It makes it easier to go after guys and challenge them."

Right fielder Yasiel Puig returned to the Dodgers' starting lineup, batting leadoff a day after he was benched by manager Don Mattingly for arriving late for stretching and batting practice before Friday's home opener. Puig went 1 for 4 and was picked off first in the third inning for the final out with cleanup-hitter Adrian Gonzalez at the plate.

Bumgarner (1-0) was charged with two runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings in his second outing.

"I was throwing a little bit of everything," the left-hander said. "It seemed like they had a lot of baserunners today, but I felt like I made good pitches all day. The command was there and my stuff was pretty good."

Bumgarner has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.65, which is better than that of All-Star teammates Tim Lincecum (2.77) and Matt Cain (2.48). Last season, he came within one strikeout of becoming only the second Giants lefty since Ray Sadecki in 1968 to finish a season with 200 or more.

"You don't want to give guys free passes at any time. You have to make them earn it of you can," Bumgarner said. "But at the same time, you don't want to just give in and just throw a meatball up there. You've got to make pitches and work on command and get ahead of guys."

Bumgarner is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in his last five starts at Chavez Ravine.

"He was commanding both sides of the plate and locating," Gonzalez said. "He's just like anybody else. If he can command down and away, down and in, up and away and up and in, and crisscross the strike zone, it makes it tough."

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