CINCINNATI (AP) — Left-hander Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Reds 6-1 on Thursday afternoon, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in five years.
San Francisco moved a season-high 18 games over .500 with its 11th win in 14 games. The Giants have the best record in the majors at 39-21.
Bumgarner (8-3) gave up three hits in eight innings, including Todd Frazier's homer, and retired the last 16 batters he faced. He's 6-0 in his last seven starts, the best such streak of his career.
Michael Morse hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a three-run shot off Mike Leake (3-5), who had overwhelmed the Giants the last four times he faced them.
NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doug Fister kept himself and his club on a roll, allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings as Washington Nationals capped a sweep.
Fister (4-1) struck out five and didn't walk any as he won his fourth consecutive start for what's starting to look like the tough-act-to-follow rotation expected from the Nationals this season.
The Nationals have won five of six. They've outscored opponents 38-12 in those half-dozen games, including 19-6 in each of the three-game series against the Texas Rangers and the Phillies.
Kyle Kendrick (1-6) allowed four runs over seven innings and walked a season-high five as the Phillies dropped their season-high sixth in a row.
CUBS 7, METS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking homer, Travis Wood went deep and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.
Rizzo's solo drive off Vic Black (1-1) with one out in the seventh gave Chicago a lead after New York's Andrew Brown capped a four-run comeback with a two-run shot in the top half.