Bumgarner seeks win No. 2 against Marlins


Bumgarner seeks win No. 2 against Marlins

May 25, 2011

FLORIDA (27-19) vs.
GIANTS (27-20)

Coverage begins at 7 P.M. on NBC Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It took until mid-May, but San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner finally earned his first victory of the year.

It seems unlikely it will take as long for him to notch win No. 2.

Bumgarner, who has been the victim of bad luck, looks to build on one of the best starts of his career when he takes the ball for the Giants against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.

Bumgarner (1-6, 3.71 ERA) entered Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers as one of six pitchers to make at least eight starts but not have a victory. He no longer needs to worry about being a member of that ill-fated group after coming within one out of his first major league shutout.

In the 3-1 win over the Dodgers, Bumgarner allowed six hits and the lone run scored on Jerry Sands' RBI double with two outs in the ninth. The 21-year-old left-hander was then replaced by closer Brian Wilson.

"I'm just glad to finally get that first win out of the way," Bumgarner said. "The last few games, I felt like there's been a big difference from the first four, even though it didn't work out for me. But it taught me a lot and what I need to focus on."

Although it was his first win, Bumgarner has a 1.60 ERA over his last five starts for the Giants (27-20). He has been hurt by an offense that has backed him with an average of 2.29 runs, fourth-worst in baseball.

"I feel good about throwing a good game and keeping us in there," Bumgarner said. "Wins and losses are something you really can't control, so I tried not to focus on that."

Bumgarner's focus will be on a Marlins team that won Tuesday's series opener 5-1, snapping the Giants' five-game winning streak.

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"It was a big win to start the road trip against these guys," said winning pitcher Ricky Nolasco, who came within two outs of throwing a complete game.

Gaby Sanchez had a three-run double - one of his three hits - and Mike Stanton hit his 11th home run for Florida (27-19), which won for the third time in four games.

Stanton is heating up, batting .343 with six homers and nine RBIs in his last 10 games after hitting .160 with two RBIs in his previous seven. The California native is batting .353 with two home runs and five RBIs in five games against the Giants, and is also 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles lifetime against Bumgarner.

In Bumgarner's only career start against the Marlins on July 29, he gave up three runs and six hits in six innings a 5-0 loss.

Tuesday's loss was the Giants' first at AT&T Park since April 24, snapping a nine-game home winning streak. San Francisco scored its only run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Tejada.

Although the Giants lost for just the fourth time in 16 games, Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a pair of singles. The catcher is batting .400 during his run, and will get his first look at Chris Volstad (2-3, 5.73) on Wednesday.

Volstad gave up three runs and four hits in five innings in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander has not had much success away from Florida this season, going 0-1 with an 8.04 ERA.

He has fared well against the Giants, however, going 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts.

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win


SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings aren’t done fighting yet. In front of their home crowd, they pulled off their second consecutive shocker, this time dispatching the Memphis Grizzlies in dramatic fashion by the final of 91-90.

Darren Collison battled Mike Conley Jr. all night long at the point guard position. After scoring 19 against the Clippers on Sunday, Collison hit the Grizzlies for 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and added a team-high seven assists. His free throw with 5.7 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner.

Rookie Buddy Hield continued his hot shooting, scoring 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The 23-year-old shooting guard is quickly establishing himself as a big time scoring option for the Kings moving forward.

Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists. 7-footer Kosta Koufos found success against his former team, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out late.

Ty Lawson led the second unit with 10 points, while Anthony Tolliver went 4-of-7 from the field for nine points.

Conley Jr. received the biggest contract in NBA history during the offseason and he showed why Monday against the Kings. The veteran point guard dropped in 22 points and dished out nine assists as the Grizzlies fell to 40-34 on the season.

35-year-old big man Zach Randolph went to work in the post. The 16-year NBA vet dropped in 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, schooling the Kings frontline with the left-handed flip early in the game.

Brandan Wright came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Troy Daniels added 10 points.  

Collison is heating up. Over his last two games, the veteran guard has scored 42 points on 16-for-24 shooting and kept his team in the ballgame.

Despite leading by eight on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, Sacramento couldn’t close the door on the Grizzlies. Collison drew a foul with 5.7 remaining and his team trailing by one. He knocked down both freebies and Randolph missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer to help the Kings improve to 29-45 on the season.   

Arron Afflalo missed the game due to a personal matter and Tyreke Evans sat for scheduled rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

The Kings are back at it Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center when the Utah Jazz roll through Sacramento. Following the matchup with Utah, the Kings travel to New Orleans to face former King DeMarcus Cousins on Friday evening.


Spurs destroy Cavs by 29, back within two of Warriors

Spurs destroy Cavs by 29, back within two of Warriors


SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight.

Cleveland (47-26) dropped its second in a row, set a season low for points and fell a half-game behind Boston (48-26) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Cavaliers star LeBron James was injured late in the third quarter after taking an elbow to the base of his neck. He remained on the bench for a while receiving medical attention, then headed toward the locker room and didn't return to the game.

His status was not immediately known.

Cleveland has been out of sync recently, losing three of five, and those struggles only got worse against San Antonio. The Spurs led by as many as 33 points to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

San Antonio (57-16) is two games behind Golden State (59-14) for the league's best record entering a home showdown with the Warriors on Wednesday.

Cleveland opted to play its stars rather than sit them for rest, but the trio of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat out the fourth quarter of its second rout in the past two weeks.

James exited with 25 seconds remaining in the third after taking an elbow to his neck from David Lee on a rebound. James continually rubbed the area before collapsing after he crossed midcourt and remained on the floor for about a minute before walking unassisted to the bench. He left for the locker room early in the fourth quarter during a timeout.

James finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes.

The Spurs held the Cavaliers scoreless for three minutes after San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was issued a technical foul during a timeout with 6:38 remaining in the first half.

Leonard hit a right-handed runner as the second quarter closed to give the Spurs a 64-40 lead.

Cavaliers: Cleveland completed its schedule against the West, finishing 16-14. In addition to losing to the Spurs by 29 points, the Cavaliers lost by 35 to Golden State and 30 to the Los Angeles Clippers. . Cleveland F Kyle Korver missed his third straight game with a sore left foot, and the team plans to sit him for several games to see if rest and treatment helps. Korver will sit out Thursday in Chicago and Friday at home against Philadelphia before being re-evaluated, a team spokesman said. The shooting specialist missed seven games earlier this month with an inflamed tendon in his foot. . G Iman Shumpert missed his second consecutive game with a sore right knee. . James needs 24 points to pass Shaquille O'Neal for seventh overall in career scoring. O'Neal has 28,596 career points. . The Cavaliers averaged 116.3 points in their previous four games.

Spurs: San Antonio is holding its opponents to an average of less than 100 points for the 22nd straight season. . Danny Green tied his season high with four blocked shots. . Leonard has scored in double figures in 100 straight games.

Cavaliers: At the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Spurs: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.