MADBUM CRUSHES REELING PHILS — SHOULD HAVE TRADED FOR HIM!

By Sam Bush

Madison Bumgarner carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and San Francisco Giants blanked the Phillies 5-0.

The loss sent the Phillies reeling into a tie with the New York Mets for 4th place in NL East, 8 games behind the Atlanta Braves, and a half-game behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the last wild card playoff spot in the NL.

Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez hit a sharp single up the middle with one out in the sixth to break it up. Before that, the only Phillies baserunner came when Rhys Hoskins drew a one-out walk in the fourth.

Mike Yastrzemski hit a solo homer and drove in three runs to get the offense going after San Francisco scored just four total runs the previous three days in being swept by the Nationals.

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper had his majors-best streak of reaching base end at 21 games with an 0-for-3 night.

The Giants delivered four straight hits against Aaron Nola (10-3) to start the third and back Bumgarner (7-7), capped by Yastrzemski’s two-run double before he got caught in a rundown trying to stretch it to a triple. San Francisco left the bases loaded in the fourth.

Big cheers greeted MadBum before the lefty ace’s first home start since the trade deadline and the Giants’ decision not to deal him. Speculation had swirled for months he might be a trade candidate, then San Francisco put together an impressive winning stretch and opted to move a trio of relievers instead.

Bumgarner kept foiling the Phillies while pitching seven days past his 30th birthday.

”We have to make good pitchers work hard, and fight for every inch, and we weren’t able to run his pitch count up at all,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

Bumgarner earned only his second victory in seven starts. Against the Rockies on Saturday, he was tagged for five earned runs on eight hits in five innings and was unable to throw the ball where he wanted it.

The 2014 World Series MVP allowed just the one hit and a walk to the Phillies and struck out three in seven innings before giving way to Trevor Gott in the eighth. Will Smith finished the one-hit shutout.

At the plate, Bumgarner lined a single to left in a nine-pitch at-bat in the third.

”He did it all tonight,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who took Bumgarner out after 85 pitches given all the extra work between outings. ”What a great at-bat to get that base hit to get the rally going.”

Brandon Belt hit an RBI single for the Giants during the decisive third inning and Kevin Pillarused aggressive baserunning to add on in the sixth. He reached on a force, stole second for his 10th steal this year, went to third on a throwing error by Sean Rodriguez then scored on Nick Pivetta’s wild pitch.

Three-time Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford dove to his left for a snazzy catch on Jean Segura’s liner in the seventh.

Harper, pursued hard by the Giants during the offseason, was booed when he stepped in to bat in the first and every time after that, too.

Nola lost for the first time since June 21 against Miami, a span of five decisions and nine starts. It was only his second road defeat in 10 starts.

The Phils were swept in a three-game series at San Francisco last season and has lost 13 of 16 in the Giants’ waterfront ballpark.

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