Bumgarner, Pence help Giants beat Cardinals 9-4

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Madison Bumgarner figured he would need to be at the top of his game Friday night when he went up against Adam Wainwright.

The San Francisco Giants‘ lefty was just that as he struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings. But it was not much of a pitchers’ duel, as Burmgarner’s teammates scored seven times off the St. Louis Cardinals‘ ace on their way to a 9-4 win.

Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer off Wainwright, who was chased in the fifth.

Bumgarner (7-3) allowed three hits and matched a season high for strikeouts set in his previous start against Minnesota. He walked one.

He said pitching against Wainwright gave him all the incentive he needed.

“You know you’ve got to be on it,” Bumgarner said. “You’re geared up for a 1-0 game. Fortunately for us, he didn’t have it tonight. The offense did an unbelievable job scoring runs off somebody like that.”

Bumgarner said he’s been getting on top of the ball more, which has allowed him to hit both sides of the plate.

“He was really good tonight,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He was really hitting his spots on both sides. He’s really been solid with his command here lately and he carried that into today’s game against a tough lineup.”

San Francisco has won eight of nine and owns the best record in the majors at 36-19.

Pence had two hits and scored twice. Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single and a double, but his run of nine straight games with an RBI was snapped.

“That’s just the way it is,” Sandoval said. “There’s not much you can do about it.”

Hector Sanchez and Gregor Blanco each had a two-run single for the Giants, who scored seven runs with two outs. San Francisco has scored 117 runs with two outs, tops in the big leagues.

Angel Pagan had two hits and scored twice for the Giants.

“I think we’ve got a really good team all the way around and we’ve showed it,” Bumgarner said. “The defense was really good. It was just a good team win tonight.”

Jon Jay hit a three-run double off San Francisco reliever David Huff in the eighth. Allen Craig added an RBI double against Juan Gutierrez.

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