Madison Bumgarner threw a one-hitter in his first career complete game as the Giants posted their fourth consecutive shutout, a 5-0 victory over the Reds on Thursday at AT&T Park, for the first time since moving to San Francisco.
Bumgarner (10-4), who had a no-hitter through five innings, walked one and struck out eight. Cincinnati recorded its lone hit when Ryan Hanigan led off the sixth with a clean single to center field.
San Francisco, which extended its streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 36, has won six of its last seven contests to move one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West by a game.
The last team to post four straight shutouts was the 1995 Baltimore Orioles, who recorded five straight to close the season.
Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (9-4) failed in his bid to win a career-best fifth straight start, giving up three runs (two earned) and six hits with four walks over six innings.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Angel Pagan and a throwing error by right fielder Jay Bruce that allowed Buster Posey to score. Pablo Sandoval extended the advantage in the sixth with a double off Cueto that plated Pagan.
Bumgarner singled in the seventh and scored on Gregor Blanco’s triple to deep right-center field. Ryan Theriot followed with an RBI single.
NOTES: Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (head) was scratched from Thursday’s lineup and is listed as day-to-day. ...The loss marked the beginning of an 11-game road trip for Cincinnati. ... The Giants improved to an NL-best 17-9 in June. ... Every member of the Giants’ starting lineup reached base. ... Bumgarner improved to 5-0 over his last six starts.