SAN FRANCISCO (WNN) — Alex Wood and three relievers combined for a four-hitter for San Francisco, Kris Bryant hit a sacrificial fly and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 for the first time since 1905 to win 104 for the first time Of. .
Manager Gabe Kapler’s ballclub joined the 1945–46 Boston Red Sox, following a losing season as the only two teams with 104 wins. With four games left, the Giants have a chance to break the record of 106 franchise wins set by the 1904 New York Giants.
San Francisco opened a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West over the second-placed Los Angeles Dodgers, who overtook San Diego in the late game. The Giants have been seeking their first division title since 2012 and haven’t gotten worse than a wild-card berth.
Arizona dropped to 50-108, the most losing team in the major leagues and is 0-8 in San Francisco this season. The Diamondbacks are close to their team record of 111 defeats, set in 2004.
Wood was dominant in his third start since coming off the COVID-19 list, with six strikes allowed for three hits in six innings. He inspired a double play to avoid a two-on jam in third, then dismissed pitcher Merrill Kelly for two to finish fifth.
Dominic Leone (4-5) retired three batsmen, Jerlin Garcia followed and Camilo Doval took the ninth for his second defense.
Tommy La Stella, who left Tuesday’s game with pain in his left Achilles tendon, finished seventh against Noé Ramírez (0-2). Pinch-runner Steven Duggar took second and was sacrificed for third before hitting Bryant’s bottom liner to the right. Duggar scored with a headfirst slide that easily beat a one-hop throw from Henry Ramos.
Winless on July 24, Kelly allowed three hits in five innings.
Madison Bumgarner finally got her moment celebrated by San Francisco fans. This time with the crowd the big Arizona lefty pitches against his old club on Thursday night – unlike his first outing played in front of a cardboard cutout at Oracle Park last September.
“I know for a fact that this city has loved and appreciated him from afar over the years, he has done some incredible things here,” said Diamondbacks manager Tori Lovulo. “I’m also a baseball fan, I see these types of things all the time. Those are feel-good moments. I know it means a lot to the city bomb, too.”
Bumgarner signed an $85 million, five-year contract with Arizona in December 2019 after 11 seasons with the Giants. He helped San Francisco win World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14.
Giants: Off Alex Dickerson (left leg) is dismissed.
Bumgarner (7-10, 4.58 ERA) is looking for his first win since early Thursday, August 19. He has allowed 15 earned runs in 24 innings during four starts in September. LHP Scott Kazmir (0-1, 4.09 ERA) makes another start for the Giants. The 37-year-old allowed an unearned run in four innings against the Padres on 22 September.
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