Twins Pounce On Bumgarner Early, Beat Giants 9-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ben Revere stood in the on-deck circle waiting for his second at-bat of the first inning and watched as pitcher Carl Pavano went for a major league-record ninth straight hit to start the game.

“He tried to break it,” Revere said, chuckling. “He was hacking. I loved it.”

Pavano struck out swinging.

That was about the only pitch from Madison Bumgarner they missed.

Revere had two hits and two RBIs to highlight an eight-run first inning, and the surging Twins tied a major league record by opening with eight consecutive hits in a 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

“We got hits. We got plenty of hits. And they kept coming,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Luke Hughes had a two-run single to help chase Bumgarner (3-9) before some fans even found their seats at cozy AT&T Park. The left-hander recorded just one out.

Pavano (5-5) scattered nine hits in eight innings to help Minnesota win its eighth straight. The Giants have lost five in a row and fell a half-game behind Arizona for first in the NL West.

Minnesota’s blazing start was as swift as it was stunning.

In the first eight batters, each single was followed by a double. The hard-hit pitches came early in the count — 22 of Bumgarner’s 25 pitches were for strikes — and were sprayed in every direction.

Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young and Danny Valencia also had run-scoring hits in the opening inning. If not for Pavano batting in the NL park, Minnesota’s streak might have continued.

After Revere followed Pavano with a double, Bumgarner was replaced by Guillermo Mota, who tossed 4 2-3 scoreless innings and hit a double. Bumgarner’s night last all of about 15 minutes.

“It was pretty pathetic,” he said.

About the only bright spots for the defending World Series champions came far too late: Eli Whiteside homered in the seventh and Emmanuel Burriss hit an RBI single in the eighth to snap the San Francisco’s 0-for-31 skid with runners in scoring position.

Pavano admitted he didn’t have his best stuff — but he didn’t need it.

“They were a little anxious,” he said. “They’re trying to get the lead back. Eight runs is a big deficit. You tend to try to do too much, which worked in my favor.”

Bumgarner’s ERA for what was by far the worst start of his career was 216.00, and his season ERA went from 3.21 to 4.06 after starting the game with the third-worst run support in the NL. No matter who starts, the Giants have scored eight runs or more in only five games all season.

So it was basically over before a Giants player came to the plate.

Alexi Casilla also homered in the ninth for the Twins. Not that they needed any extra support.

The last major league team to start a game with eight straight hits was the Chicago Cubs against Pittsburgh on Sept. 8, 2009, according to information the Elias Sports Bureau provided to the Giants. The Twins also were the first American League team to open with eight straight hits since the New York Yankees did it against Baltimore on Sept. 25, 1990.

“That’s a first for me to see it quite go like that,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s hard to do. Madison’s been throwing the ball so well, and even though he’s off it’s still hard to do. I don’t care if you’re throwing batting practice out there.

“We just couldn’t stop it.”

NOTES: Giants LHP Barry Zito threw a two-hit shutout in a rehab start for Triple-A Fresno against Salt Lake. … Bochy and Gardenhire have been friends since they were teammates for the New York Mets’ former Triple-A affiliate in Tidewater, Va., from 1981-82. Bochy even rented Gardenhire’s house in the summer of 1992 while managing Double-A Wichita. “He overcharged me,” Bochy said, chuckling. “He still won’t pay me back.” … Twins 1B Justin Morneau will have a cast removed from his left wrist on Friday or Saturday. … Twins closer Joe Nathan was scheduled to throw one inning on Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple-A Rochester.

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  • Mike D

    you don try to be on banwagin you dum me and Gardenmire pretty smart i ben on band wagin all year so try not to get on.

  • MD

    Al, your life must really suck that you can never see the positive side of life (and the fact you troll around these boards looking for my comments). Perhaps you should go hang out with some puppies to cheer you up, or maybe you hate them too. Anyways, my condolences on your sucky life.

  • Big deal

    You need to read what you write because your sentence doesn’t make any sense and you also need to learn how to spell correctly.
    It’s just a matter of time before they collapse again.

    • MD

      Big Deal – That’s Al trying to get some attention. He can’t put his moronic “Fire Gardenhoser” on here anymore so he’s got to find something else to say. It’s unfortunate that public education has failed him.

      • Sue

        Why can’t AL put “Fire Gardenhoser” on here anymore?

        • MD

          because Sue/Al – He can’t come up with a valid argument why.

          • Mike D

            See, I fell for it again.

        • Al

          Fire Gardenhoser.

  • Mike D

    I fall for it every time. I am a sucker.

  • zee the reporter

    I love all the fighting ~back to the twins keep it going you are on a roll~zee reporting in!

  • Johnny Rain Cloud

    I will guarantee that the Twins will win the central division by 4 or more games. They have made up 10 games in the past month and as they get healthier it will be bad news for cleveland and detroit. Plus it helps that the central division is by far the weakest division in baseball!

    Good to see you haven’t swayed on your opinion of Gardenhire.

    Fire Al!

    • Al

      It could happen, the central is very weak. That includes the Twins. Then, another 3 game playoff loss. Gardenhoser is worthless, even now as the Twins are winning. They have beaten no one, with the possible exception of a slumping Texas. Mike D is dumb.

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